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Unsafe sex is fastest-growing risk for ill health in teens

The Lancet Commission's groundbreaking report finds that years of neglect have had detrimental effects on adolescent health. Two-thirds of young people are growing up in countries where preventable and treatable health problems like HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, and unsafe sex are an ongoing threat to their wellbeing. Adolescents also face new challenges: rising levels of obesity and mental health disorders.

11 May 2016
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Health dept in bid to wean girls off sugar daddies - Motsoaledi

The wide-ranging plan would have five objectives, he said, which include decreasing infections in girls and young women, and decreasing teenage pregnancies. Other objectives were decreasing sexual and gender-based violence and keeping girls in school until matric.

10 May 2016
It’s Tough to Stop Sex, Study of U.S. AIDS Effort Shows

Researchers have found no benefits from a decade-long attempt to curb the spread of HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence and monogamy. The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which they started having sex, or teen pregnancy rates, according to a study published on Monday. See for more on this issue.

04 May 2016
How Can We Help Young People Under Age 18 Get PrEP?

Getting PrEP into the hands of young people at high risk for HIV infection is a priority that experts are now discussing. A recent webinar and Q&A session hosted by HIVE brought together PrEP providers from across the country to talk about some of these issues and share successes and challenges.

22 April 2016
BETA blog
Labour Promises Compulsory PSHE In Schools

Labour has promised to make Personal Social Health and Economic education (PSHE) and age-appropriate sex education compulsory, saying youths are facing a “ticking time bomb” of issues.

23 March 2016
Huffington Post
Nigerian government must scale up fight against HIV

In Nigeria efforts to combat the virus have had limited success, and new infections are recorded daily especially among more at risk groups such as young people and men who have sex with men.

24 February 2016
Key Correspondents
Vaginal rings containing antiretroviral moderately effective in preventing HIV – but not in the youngest women

The results of two studies announced today at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) in Boston, USA, show that vaginal rings impregnated

22 February 2016
Gus Cairns
Obama Removes All Funding For ‘Abstinence-Only’ Sex Education

Good news: President Barack Obama removes all government funding for abstinence-only sex education programs in US public schools.

18 February 2016
Cuomo’s Proposal Seeks Confidentiality for Minors With H.I.V.

Teenagers in New York State can find out if they have H.I.V. without telling their parents, but they generally cannot be treated or get medication to prevent its transmission without parental consent. That, doctors say, can deter minors from seeking help.

17 February 2016
New York Times
David Cameron just blocked compulsory sex education - and the women in his Cabinet are furious

Nicky Morgan waged a valiant battle to persuade the Prime Minister to back her – but to no avail. What's worse is David Cameron decided to ignore the entreaties not only of his Education Secretary – and the aforementioned assembled ranks of supporters and experts – but also several other senior women in the Cabinet.

15 February 2016
The Telegraph
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