From 2005 to 2007, the incidence of HIV grew at an alarming rate in Venezuela. This disease was especially high among those between the ages of 15 and 25. There are no current reports available for the rate of this epidemic, but the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) never waits to take action. They have been tackling this issue with low-cost sexual and reproductive health services throughout Latin America for several years.
A member association to IPPF, PLAFAM is working alongside a theatre company in Caracas to educate young teens about sexual and reproductive health. Together they have created Improsexual, which is a humorous and blunt improvisational theater piece.The audience is educated on their bodies and how to avoid pregnancies and STDs.
PLAFAM staff member Michela Guarente mentions how “Through the improvisation, we really get the audience laughing. We get their attention. It’s a great moment to sneak in the information they really need.” This is vital for the teens since they are constantly misinformed with myths about sexuality. They either believe they can’t get pregnant if it is their first time or cannot properly develop without having sex.
Actors dressed in bright ensembles engage the audience by allowing them to ask questions about sex. After each performance actors give more details about sexual and reproductive services offered by PLAFAM. Thanks to Improsexual, over 22,000 young people have acquired safe sex education and hopefully the benefits of this will be seen in health reports to come.
– Maybelline Martez