In Bulgaria, there is barely any education on sexual health in schools, and traditionally, sex is a taboo topic that is not discussed within families. Without the education, young people face increased health risks related to sexual activities. Currently, Bulgarian teenagers make up the majority of the cases for sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. For example, nine out of ten people with HIV contracted the disease after having unsafe sex. In addition, one out of four women in Bulgaria is a victim of sexual abuse. The online platform, loveguide. They can find anything from love and relationships to sex and sexual health. The website strives to provide information that is reliable, friendly, positive, simple, open, and honest. After the site launched in December , it has reached more than 3, teenagers as of August
Loveguide is the place, in which we can talk openly and friendly about sex and intimate relationships. Love and sex are wonderful experiences. And the better prepared we are — the more we will enjoy them. And much better we can prevent ourselves and those with whom we relate from unintended consequences.
BFPA in media
Loveguide is effective sexual health education for mainstream teenagers in Bulgaria. We have exhaustive online resources, including a YouTube vlog with new episodes every week. Also, we have classes in schools all around the country and peer-to-peer training seminars. All of our content and everything we do is open, honest, friendly and accessible, especially designed to be liked and embraced by teens. How do we know that we are effective? In we tested our approach with hundreds of teens offline and thousands online, and with their teachers and parents. Why do we do it? In Bulgaria, there is no sexual health education at schools and sex is taboo at home.
Radosveta Stamenkova, Exec. Director, about the effective mechanisms when working with the Roma community - svobodnaevropa. Director - Darik radio in BG. Director, for the "Woman Today" magazine - in BG.