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Survey reveals rise in unsafe sex

The proportion of young people admitting to having had unprotected sex with a new partner has risen over the past two years, according to a study.

The study of British 16 to 19-year-olds has shown 61% have had sex, with 43% of those who were sexually active admitting to having had sex with a new partner without using contraception, compared to 36% in 2009.

Of those who admitted having unprotected sex with a new partner, 23% said they had done so because their partner did not like using contraception, with 15% saying they had been drunk.

The proportion of girls who said they had a close friend or family member who had an unplanned pregnancy rose from 36% in 2009, to 55% this year. Only 55% of girls said they considered themselves well-informed about all the contraceptive options available. A total of 16% of boys and girls said they believed the “withdrawal method” was an effective form of contraception.

The findings coincide with World Contraception Day, a campaign to improve awareness of contraception.

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