Sex and Sexuality Rights Issues: It Myth, Reality and Idiosyncrasy to Modern Day Nigeria

Laminu Bukar, Baba Isa Sanda Benisheikh, Grace Emmanuel Kaka


Poverty attitude towards sexuality and gender power relations, tensions between individual rights to privacy and self-determination and the rights of partners, families and communities as regards the practice of safe sex influence sexual health. Poor communication by and with health care providers on sexual issues mean that informed choices may be limited and services not offered. Sexual health is influenced by a complex web of factors ranging from sexual behaviour and attitudes and societal factors, to biological risk and genetic predisposition. It encompasses the problems of HIV and STIs/RTIs, unintended pregnancy and abortion, infertility and cancer resulting from STIs, and sexual dysfunction. This paper seeks to consider the issues involved in sex and sexuality rights and how they have/have not been addresses by Modern day Nigeria in relation to its MDG by 2010. It would be observed that although Nigeria 2010 MDG has made copious provisions, yet it is inadequate to address the issue of sex and sexuality rights as this can only be possible where culture, tradition and religion gives way to reality.

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