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UK teens 'ignorant' about sexually transmitted infections

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Britain’s young people remain confused by sexual health issues, according to fresh research.

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A study conducted by Durex has shown 25.1% of young Britons believe sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be transmitted through kissing, while 24.5% believe they can be caught from a toilet seat.

A majority of 79.8% demonstrate a “casual attitude” towards sex, believing they are at little or no risk of contracting an STI.

Durex Network’s Face of Global Sex research, entitled They Won’t Know Unless we Tell Them, is the fifth report compiled by the company designed to promote debate around sexual health problems and provide pointers for future research.

Young Britons are not the exception though, as there is widespread ignorance about STIs across Europe.

The study involved more than 15,000 people aged 15 to 20 across nine countries in Western Europe - Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK - and six in Eastern Europe - Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey.

It explored their experiences of sex education and its impact on their sexual health in terms of knowledge, attitudes and practices.

Durex Network vice president Peter Roach said: “By raising these issues we hope that this report proves useful in helping to inform educationalists and policy makers in the creation of sex and relationships education initiatives in the future.”

 

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