Study shines light on amount of young people having unprotected sex

Results of a new study emphasize that safe sex practices may need to be taught in school systems around the world in order to educate young people about the importance of using condoms. The research suggests that more young people around the globe are having unprotected sex and are unaware of the options they have at their disposal.

According to Reuters, the new report "Clueless or Clued Up: Your Right to be Informed about Contraception," was created for World Contraception Day in order to raise awareness of the high amount of youngsters who are having sex but are not aware of the methods available to keep them safe. The findings showed that the number of young people having unprotected sex with a partner in the last three years increased by 111 percent in France, 39 percent in the U.S. and 19 percent in the UK.

Some are taking this as a sign that there is not enough information available to younger generations about safe sex practices.

"The results show that too many young people either lack good knowledge about sexual health, do not feel empowered enough to ask for contraception or have not learned the skills to negotiate contraceptive use with their partners to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies or STIs (sexually transmitted infections)," spokeswoman for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Jennifer Woodside said in a statement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008, the birth rate for 15-19 year olds living in the U.S. was 41.5 live births per 1,000 individuals. Using a condom could help lower these statistics while also preventing against sexually transmitted diseases.

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