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08/10/02
Young Teens Are Prime Sex Disease Carriers
- Safe sex sidestepped by 12-15 year old girls, finds London clinic

FINDINGS from a London clinic suggest early teenager girls are more affected by sexually transitted disease than other age-groups.

Two thirds of girls aged between 12 and 15 attending the clinic carried an STD, three times more than the average for all other age groups. Gonorrhoea and chlamydia were the most common diseases found.

"Young girls have difficulty in negotiating safe sex with their partners, and their partners tend not to value them as much as the partners of older women do," theorised Dr Sarah Creighton, in charge of research at the clinic.

Dr Creighton added her name to the growing calls for more sex education to be made available to young people.




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