CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update AUSTRALIA: Sex Education 'Campaign Needed for Teens'
February 10, 2012
Australian Associated Press (02.09.12) - Friday, February 10,
The results of a survey of teens in New South Wales has
officials calling for expanded sex education in schools. The
study found that 32 percent of 10th-graders report having had
sex, and 37 percent of 15- and 16-year olds did not use a
condom in their last sexual encounter. The government should
consult with youths to ensure they are receiving effective
messages about sexual health, said Megan Mitchell, the NSW
commissioner for children and young people. "Involving young
people in developing these messages will be a key to their
success," she said. The report, "A Picture of NSW Children,"
is based on information gathered from more than 1.6 million
youths in the state since 2008; to access it, visit