Teenage VD rises

21st April 2000 at 01:00
DOCTORS are alarmed at new official figures that show a 40 per cent rise in cases of gonorrhoea among girls aged 16 to 19 and a 50 per cent increase among boys the same age.

Experts fear that one in 10 British teenagers carries some form of sexually-transmitted infection, possibly without realising it. They also fear young people are ignoing safe-sex messages about the use of condoms.

And poor sex education is not helping the problems of disease and teenage pregnancy, says a report by the Aids Research and Education Trust and the schools health and education unit at Exeter University. Only 12 per cent of the 300 schools surveyed said they taught about safe sex.


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