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Women risk sexual health

23rd January 2007

24082006_teenagewoman1.jpgA new study has shown adults to be as irresponsible as teenagers when it comes to sexual health.

The study at Glasgow Hospital has revealed the number of women over 20 failing to use contraceptives is very similar to the rate of teenagers.  A survey of 950 women requesting abortions revealed 51% of the women over 20 had failed to use contraception, compared with 57% of teenagers.

The news comes amid rising pressure on the government to address the increase of sexually transmitted diseases in the UK.  During the 1980’s AIDS initiative, condom usage rose dramatically as the government’s safe sex message hit home.  However, recent figures have shown that the message needs reiterating.

The UK also has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe and young people have often been criticised for not practising safe sex.  A spokesperson for the Family Planning Association said that the myth that teenagers are less responsible when it comes to contraception usage had been debunked by the new findings.

The author of the study Dr Marco Gaudoin, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Glasgow Hospital, said, "The findings demonstrate that not only do we have a long way to go in persuading teenagers to use reliable contraception but contraceptive education should also be continued in all women, regardless of their age."


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