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Cutting teen pregnancy rates

August 22nd, 2006

Dr Petra

Last year I blogged about Angela Star who was named ‘sexual health nurse of the year’ for creating innovative ways to deliver sexual health care to young people. In particular Angela provided contraception advice to young people in a variety of venues – including giving teenage girls the contraceptive injection in MacDonalds!

Predictably many in the media criticised Angela’s approach and claimed it led to irresponsible sexual behaviour, but reports out today suggest they were wrong.

According to BBC news the health trust that employs Angela has cut their teen pregnancy rate by 20% in the past year.

Which indicates that finding new ways to reach young people and giving contraceptive advice in schools, youth clubs and places where young people congregate is the best way to reduce unwanted pregnancies – and hopefully tackle STIs too.

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