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Ladies, Let's Hear It!
Some thought-provoking stats you might want to be aware of:
:no: The UK has the highest teenage birth and abortion rates in Western Europe.
:no: The lowest levels of contraceptive use are found in the 16-19 age group.
:no: The highest rates of sexually transmitted infections are among those aged 15-24.
:no: Those under 25 accounted for 63% of all new chlamydia diagnoses in 2014.
Find more stats here and here.
O-k, Ladies, now let's get (in)formation...
An eye-opening report recently published by The Lancet shows that two-thirds of young people are growing up in countries where preventable and treatable health problems like HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, unsafe sex, and a host of other maladies are an ongoing threat to health and well-being.
And! If things weren't dismal enough, the fastest-growing risk factor for ill health in young people aged 10-24, over the past 23 years, is unsafe sex, the Commission reports.
When things are gettin' hot and heavy, and it's about to go down, how do you handle the protection question? Do you leave it up to the lad to supply the contraceptive goods? Or are you a pro-active lady and pack your own protection?