Monday 6 July, 2020

Graphic sex ed urged to keep up with teens' changing habits

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Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

With porn influencing how teens have sex, researchers believe sex education has to become more graphic.

In a study published in the  Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers from the (LSHTM) and University College London have been monitoring the changing sexual practices of youngsters since 1990.

They found that the number of 16-24s moving away from traditional sexual intercourse had doubled, with experts claiming that the easy access to internet porn was partly behind the rise.

"By shedding light on when some young people are having sex and what kinds of sex they are having, our study highlights the need for accurate sex and relationships education that provides opportunities to discuss consent and safety in relation to a range of sexual practices,” said Dr Ruth Lewis who worked on the study.

In the most recent survey, the median age of reported first sexual experience among men and women born between 1990 and 1996 was 14. The median age for losing virginity is now 16 across for both men and women. In the 1950s it was 20 for women and 19 for men.

"The changes in practices we see here are consistent with the widening of other aspects of young people's sexual experience, and are perhaps not surprising given the rapidly changing social context and the ever-increasing number of influences on sexual behaviour,” said Kaye Wellings, Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health at LSHTM.

She said it is important to keep up to date with trends in sexual lifestyles to help young people safeguard their health and increase their wellbeing.

This story appeared in the UK Telegraph

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