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Are safe sex campaigns reaching more young people?

Published on 23/10/2009
A quarter of women under the age of 50 in the UK use condoms as a form of contraception and sexual health protection, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The figures indicate that 55 per cent of Brits consider TV adverts and programmes to be the main source of information about sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).

Victoria Sheard, deputy head of policy at the sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, said: "We are very pleased that people are considering condoms when they are thinking about what contraception to choose.

"I think it is probably too early to tell in terms of whether or not the campaigns around STIs are having an effect - it's quite difficult to make that connection."

Earlier this year, the Department of Health reported that an additional £20.5 million of government funding will help young people get better access to contraception and raise awareness of the risks of unprotected sex.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2009

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