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Sex and relationship education: did you get it?
  1. Aneeta Kaneshanathan1,
  2. Katia Prime2,
  3. Philip E Hay2,
  4. Pippa Oakeshott1
  1. 1Population Health Sciences and Education, St George's University of London, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Courtyard Clinic, St George's Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Aneeta Kaneshanathan; m0700538{at}

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Gaydos1 highlights the barriers to discussing sexual health issues openly and teenagers' lack of awareness of the high prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and potential adverse reproductive sequelae. Addressing these barriers is one solution to the ‘hidden epidemic’ of STIs. In the UK, as in the USA, STI rates remain the highest among sexually active teenagers, particularly those from deprived inner city areas and black ethnic minority groups.2 Ensuring a high standard of sex and relationship education (SRE) may contribute to reducing risky sexual behaviour.3

During December 2010 for a …

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