Young people should just say “no” to risky sex
Teaching young people to say “no” to sexually risky situations has been highlighted as one of the most effective methods in reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to a new Health Development Agency report.
Preventions of STIs: a Review of Reviews into the Effectiveness of Non-clinical Interventions, published this month, comes as the select committee on health reports that one in ten sexually active young women are infected with chlamydia.
Tonya Gillis of the Health Development Agency said, “Equipping young people with the skills, knowledge, and ability to say, ‘No, I'm not happy with this,’ has been found to be a very effective approach.”
She added, “The most important issue is that we need to target our approaches carefully and do what is effective.”
The report also found that school based sex education was valuable in reducing risky sexual behaviour in young people.
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