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July 18, 2008

U.K. Sex Ed Should Target Young Gay Men

New infections among the United Kingdom’s young gay men have more than doubled during the past decade, prompting the country’s National AIDS Trust to demand that sex and relationship education in schools focus more on same-sex relationships, Medical News Today reports (medicalnewstoday.com, 7/16).

According to the article, 281 young gay men were diagnosed with HIV in the United Kingdom last year, compared with 128 in 1998.

“Current sex education completely fails young gay men, and we are seeing the results in increasing numbers being diagnosed with HIV,” said Deborah Jack, the advocacy organization’s chief executive. “Teachers are given no guidance on how to talk about same-sex relationships in the classroom, and government-sponsored TV campaigns fail to even acknowledge gay relationships. Gay men are entitled to the same level of sex and relationships education as their heterosexual peers.”

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