Brit govt wants sex education compulsory for 11-year-olds

July 29th, 2008 - 4:20 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 29 (ANI): Kids as young as 11 should be given compulsory sex health education at school, a British Government-backed report has suggested.

According to the report, school kids ought to be taught about sexually transmitted infections like Chlamydia that can cause infertility.

Academics should also discuss contraceptive methods in a bid to cut rising numbers of teen pregnancies.

The report found STI and HIV rates were rising while demand for abortions was also on the up.

It labelled the scale and nature of sexual ill-health in England a grave concern and warned the governments long-term sexual health strategy was in danger of failing.

The report said there had been considerable action and funding … to improve services after the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV was published in 2001.

But it called for more testing for HIV and other STIs and improved access to abortions.

The report, by the Medical Foundation for Aids and Sexual Health and the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health, also called for family GPs to improve the sexual health care they give.

We need GPs to be able to identify sexual health needs and be confident talking about sex, The Sun quoted Co-author Ruth Lowbury, a top sexual health expert, as saying.

There are some … who havent really been interested in engaging with sexual health.

“There are differences in the basic level of care that people should be able to expect wherever they are, Lowbury added.

Lib Dem health spokeswoman Sandra Gidley said: Some GPs are unwilling or unable to cope with these sensitive issues.

Patients should be able to receive top quality service for any medical condition, including sexual health problems. (ANI)

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