STIs: testing times

Sexually transmitted infection rates among young people remain too high. Journalist Rima Evans asks if attempts to limit transmission are working.

Northern Ireland: doctors urge girls to take up HPV vaccine

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has urged parents to take up the offer of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for their daughters following a fall in uptake.

England: new relationships education for an online world

All schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe online and offline, and the importance of healthy relationships.

Northern Ireland: cancer charity says boys should receive HPV vaccine

Boys should be included in a vaccination scheme to protect them from the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV), say Cancer Focus NI and the British Dental Association.

Targeting healthy pregnancies

Journalist Helen Bird looks at the gap in preconception health support and knowledge, and considers a three-part solution.

Sex education overhaul

Sex education is being reformed as part of the development of a new curriculum due to be rolled out across schools and settings in Wales in 2022.

Preventing teenage pregnancy through home-based sexual healthcare: a qualitative study of practitioners’ experiences

Catriona Jones and her colleagues use practitioners’ perspectives to evaluate a sexual health service designed to prevent second unplanned teenage pregnancy.

Sex education: how to really do it

Children are growing up in a confusing world of online sex and modern gender norms, says Anna Scott. They require relevant, up-to-date sex education to keep them safe from harm and able to form healthy relationships.

England and Wales: boy of five among 400 sexting cases

Thousands of children, some as young as five, have been investigated for sexting. Nearly 400 children under the age of 12 have been spoken to by police in the last three years across England and Wales, according to freedom of information requests from the BBC.

Scotland: preconception health campaign launches

People who want to have children in the future are being encouraged to think about their health during their reproductive years as part of a new campaign by a health board.

Syphilis rates hit 67-year high

The number of syphilis cases have reached the highest level in England since 1949, according to new figures from Public Health England (PHE).

Sexual health services harder to access in the UK, study finds

It has become more difficult to access sexual health services in the UK, new research has suggested.

Sex education to be compulsory in England, government rules

Sex and relationships education (SRE) is to be made compulsory in all schools in England.

Breaking through the taboo

As STIs appear to be on the rise among young people in the UK, Rebecca Grant explores why community practitioners need to talk about sex.

Tackling a dark reality

With reported rates of domestic abuse still disturbingly high, it’s clear we need to debunk myths and get a better understanding of the issues, writes Women’s Aid chief executive Polly Neate.

Domestic violence most common factor for ‘in need’ children

Domestic violence and poor mental health are the biggest issues facing children known to social services in England. 

NICE issues new guidelines on sexting

NICE has issued guidance to improve support for children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour.

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