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Our young people deserve - and need - better!

August 15, 2006 1:54 PM
Sandra Gidley MP for Romsey

Sandra Gidley MP

Sandra Gidley MP has condemned the Government's failure to deliver on sexual health services and wider sexual health information and advice for young people.

Commenting on the "BareAll2006" survey about young people's attitudes to sex, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, Sandra Gidley MP said: "This survey shows a worrying lack of awareness among young people about the risks of unprotected sex. Young people seem happy to talk about their sexual experiences, but are less keen to speak with sexual health professionals about problems they may have.

"This is made worse by a lack of access to sexual health services, as much of the money set aside for frontline sexual health services has been used to plug deficits.

"There must be full access to testing for STIs in the confidential setting of a GUM clinic, as well as timely advice about contraception from professionals who can reach out to young people in a non-judgmental way."