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STI rise hits girls

Pupils need to be given better sex and relationships education to combat rising numbers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), campaigners have warned. Figures released this week showed that almost half a million new cases of STIs were diagnosed last year, with young women "particularly vulnerable", according to the Health Protection Agency. Helen Jenkins, a sexual health specialist at Marie Stopes International, said: "Many teachers tell us they don't have the confidence or information to teach sex education effectively, despite knowing that many of their students are sexually active."

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