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One in four don't use contraception

20th September 2010

A new survey has revealed an insight into contraceptive use by young people in Britain today.

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It showed that a quarter of sexually active young people in this country fail to use any form of contraception when they have sex with a new partner.

The figures have sparked a strong reaction from health campaigners who have called on the government to give sex and relationships education a higher priority in schools.

The poll was carried out across the world by Marie Stopes International for World Contraception Day.

Figures for the UK showed that 16% of young people who admitted to having unprotected sex said they had forgotten to use contraception with a new partner, 13% said their partner preferred not to use it and 19% said they failed to take precautions because they were drunk.

Tracey McNeill, vice-president of UK and Europe at Marie Stopes International, said: "We are calling on the coalition government to put sex and relationships education back on the agenda and ensure all schools, including faith schools, teach a standardised curriculum to 15 year olds.

"This survey shows that more than half of the respondents had already had sex by their 18th birthday and the government's own data shows, 83% are sexually active by the same age.

"This highlights that schools are the best way to deliver quality information to young people before they become sexually active."

Worldwide, 31% of young people revealed that they have a close friend or relative who has had an unplanned pregnancy.

 

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