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Global Study Says Young People Are Having More Unsafe Sex, Know Less About Contraceptive Options

According to a survey released on Monday that was comissioned by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and endorsed by 11 international non-governmental organizations, “[y]oung people across the globe are having more unprotected sex and know less about effective contraception options,” Reuters reports. “The ‘Clueless or Clued Up: Your Right to be informed about contraception’ study prepared for World Contraception Day (WCD) reports that the number of young people having unsafe sex with a new partner increased by 111 percent in France, 39 percent in the USA and 19 percent in Britain in the last three years,” the news service writes.

“The survey, commissioned by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and endorsed by 11 international non-governmental organizations, questioned more than 6,000 young people from 26 countries including Chile, Poland and China, on their attitudes toward sex and contraception,” the news service writes. “The level of unplanned pregnancies among young people is a major global issue, campaigners say, and the rise in unprotected sex in several counties has sparked concern about the quality of sex education available to youngsters,” Reuters notes, adding, “In Europe, only half of respondents receive sex education from school, compared to three quarters across Latin America, Asia Pacific and the USA” (9/25).

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