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article imageHigh number of UK youth not using contraception

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 20, 2010 in Health
There are calls for more relationship and sex education in schools, following a survey indicating that one in four sexually active young people in the UK are not using any type of contraception with a new partner.
A worldwide poll was conducted by Marie Stopes International for World Contraception Day, which is on 26 September.
Among young people in the UK who admitted they had unprotected sex, 16% said they had forgotten to use contraception, 13% said their partner preferred not to use it and 19% said they didn’t use it because they were drunk.
They rated personal hygiene as more important than contraception when preparing for a date.
"We are calling on the coalition government to put sex and relationships education back on the agenda and ensure all schools, including faith schools, teach a standardised curriculum to 15 year olds,” The Guardian quoted Tracey McNeill, UK and Europe vice-president at Marie Stopes International, as saying.
"This survey shows that more than half of the respondents had already had sex by their 18th birthday and the government's own data shows, 83% are sexually active by the same age.
"This highlights that schools are the best way to deliver quality information to young people before they become sexually active."
Thirty-two per cent of the UK respondents said they sometimes felt confused about contraception options, and 19% believed withdrawal was effective.
The Guardian reported that, according to Marie Stopes International, there is a "head in the sand" approach to sexually transmitted infections.
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