About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Doctors Call For Better Sex Education In Schools To Curb Rising STIs

by VR Sreeraman on July 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM
Font : A-A+

 Doctors Call For Better Sex Education In Schools To Curb Rising STIs

Commenting on figures released on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Scotland, Dr Charles Saunders, chairman of the BMA's Scottish Consultants Committee, said:

"Today's figures show that in Scotland the number of STIs diagnosed continues to rise, with almost a quarter of all acute STI diagnoses being in those aged less than 20. This demonstrates the need for improving the education of young people to help prevent the further spread of these infections.

"It is clear from government statistics that children are becoming sexually active at a younger age so it is imperative that we do more to inform young people of the risks of contracting STIs and educate them on how to prevent them. The BMA firmly believes that children should start sex and relationship education at primary school so that they gain the confidence to delay becoming sexually active and when they do decide to have sex, that they do it for the right reasons and take the necessary precautions."

BMA Scotland believes that in order to meet increasing patient need much more must be done to improve sexual health services, particularly for young people. Dr Saunders added:

"The increased incidence of STIs flags up the importance of education and prevention but also brings with it challenges for the NHS in treating these patients. Sexual health services need adequate and sustained funding to enable them to plan and deliver comprehensive services as locally as possible.

"Improving sexual health services is an essential part of disease prevention. Failure to treat infections promptly means that untreated patients who remain sexually active can continue to spread STIs. Ensuring that people have access to the right help at the right time is crucial."

Source: BMA

Recommended Reading

Latest Education News

New Courses at State-run Healthcare Institutes Introduced
New medical courses related to nursing, and physiotherapy have been introduced in state-run healthcare and medical institutes in Delhi.
Using Disease-Modifying Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease Treatment
Patients with Alzheimer's disease can now be offered disease-modifying therapy using whole blood exchange as it has been proven effective in mice.
Patient Influencers Partnering with Companies for Drug Promotion
Claims by patient influencers may be an accurate reflection of their own experience with drugs, but it may not support that they will provide 'relief' quickly.
How To Keep Cool During A Heat Wave
Drink water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid drinks containing caffeine, sugar or alcohol, as these contribute to dehydration in hot weather
Health and Environmental Risks of Microplastics
Researchers are investigating the risks of microplastics, using lessons learned from nanotoxicology.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Sexual Problem

Consult an Expert


Doctors Call For Better Sex Education In Schools To Curb Rising STIs Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests