CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update Fifty Percent of HIV Britons Are Under 25
June 16, 1998
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.