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Fifty Percent of HIV Britons Are Under 25


Yahoo UK & Ireland Online (06/17/98)

A new report by the Fabian Society indicates that approximately 50 percent of Britons infected with HIV are under the age of 25. Additionally, the report found that 90 percent of teenagers in Britain were sexually active and 10 percent are believed to have a sexually transmitted disease. Britain has one of the highest conception rates in the developed world, according to the report; however, only 70 percent of the nation's schools have a sex education policy, despite the fact that they are required to by law. The report's authors suggested that insufficient sex education at home and at school, limited access to confidential advice, and a lack of openness about the issue in society are partly responsible for the situation.


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