Health board plays Cupid to first love

4th June 1999 at 01:00
THE emotional aspects of early sexual relations are to the fore in the latest stage of a television campaign aimed at the big subjects affecting teenagers.

The "Think About It" campaign mounted by the Health Education Board for Scotland has previously focused on drugs, smoking and alcohol. Now young people are being asked to watch out for the emotional highs and lows of first love. Research has shown that a third of boys aged 15 and 16 have had a partner and 37 per cent of girls. Last year there were 9,677 pregnancies among 13-19s.

Liz Burtney, the health board's specialist in sexual health, says: "We shouldn't treat teenagers as if they were all promiscuous or irresponsible. They are trying to cope with some of the biggest questions we ever face in our lives. You can only have sex for the first time once. You aren't going to get it all right, but at least it should happen on your own terms."

The campaign is on all Scottish channels after the 9pm watershed.

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