15,000 in Three Years: Under-16s Diagnosed with an STI


In the last three years, more than 15,000 under-16s were diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases including gonorrhoea, chlamydia and genital herpes. This is according to an investigation by the Daily Mirror, which found that roughly 200 of those whose wellness was affected by STIs were aged 12 or younger. This child sexual health problem has nearly doubled in the last 10 years, and campaigners are blaming this on politicians who have failed to make sex education compulsory.

According to Lisa Powers, policy director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, ‘We are suffering in this country from poor sexual health. This is partly down to the fact that we have had generations of people who have not had sex and relationships education in school. Young people are under more pressure than ever before because they do not just learn about sex in the playground, but also on the internet. Young people are…

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