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Sexually Transmitted Infections Epidemic: Is Sex Education the Answer?

Posted: December 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Education, News, Not Porn, Sex, Socially Engineered, Standout, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sexually Transmitted Infections Epidemic: Is Sex Education the Answer?

YEAH CondomsA community based sexual health group has raised the alarm about the level of risky sexual behaviour among young people, saying ignorance on the subject could make young Australians vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

Alischa Ross, the founder of Youth Empowerment Against HIV AIDS – YEAH – says her group sends volunteers into schools and public events such as music festivals to educate young people about safe sex.

“It’s very disturbing actually what we’re seeing in Australia at the moment is we’ve hit epidemic levels of Sexually Transmitted Infections amongst young people,” she said.

There has been a 20 per cent increase in the rate of infection among young people in the last three years, with chlamydia and gonorrhoea among the biggest culprits. Ms Ross says the trend points to more risky behaviour and widespread complacency.

“Some of the myths that they have around sexual health include things like if I’ve had a pap smear then that means I’ve had a sexual health test; actually it doesn’t,” Ms Ross said. Read the full article »»»»