publication date: Jan 8, 2010
More than a third of parents
of 15 to 24 year olds have not spoken
to their children about any sexually transmitted infections
(STIs), according to a poll
out today to mark the second phase
of the new teenage pregnancy
and sexual health
While most parents know that chlamydia
can lead to infertility
in women, far fewer realise
that the infection could affect their son's future chances
of having children too.
The overwhelming majority
of parents are aware that chlamydia
is widespread among young peopl
e. But one in five believe their son or daughter isn't the type of person to sleep around and 14 per cent believe he or she isn't having sex
The Populus survey
of 2,000 young adults and parents shows:
- Almost two thirds of young people don't use a condom when they have sex with a new partner for the first time.
- Nine out of ten don't get tested for STIs before starting a new relationship, leaving themselves and their partner at risk.
- One in five young people doesn't realise catching chlamydia can affect a woman's fertility.
, conducted on behalf of the Department of Health
and the Department for Children, Schools and Families
marks the launch of a new advertising campaign, Chlamydia, Worth Talking About
around chlamydia testing, contraception and sexual health, visit www.nhs.uk/worthtalkingabout