Results of largest sexual health study in Britain

NATSAL releases results of largest sexual health study in Britain to reveal importance of sex education

Results published on the 26th November 2013 in The Lancet provide insight into the sexual attitudes and behaviours of British population, as part of the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL-3) survey. Findings from the report highlight that sex and relationships education is extremely important. NATSAL-3 showed that people who received sex education in schools were less likely to have an unplanned pregnancy providing strong evidence for the effectiveness of Relationships and Sex Educations (RSE).

Other important findings regarding young people are as follows:

• Young, single women are at highest risk of unplanned pregnancy.
• Most young people do not have sex under the age of consent, but around a third will.
• Since NATSAL-2, risky sexual behaviour overall showed a slight increase in females but a decrease in males.
• Most risky sexual behaviour was reported in the 16-24 age range.
• Younger people, particularly young women, are at higher risk of experiencing non-volitional sex (sex against their will).
• Of 16-24year olds around 7% of males and 18.9% of females reporting having sexual experiences with someone of the same sex.

You can find out more about the NATSAL findings here.

These findings reinforce the need for high quality age appropriate RSE that includes issues such as

• unplanned pregnancy
• contraception & STI’s
• consent
• healthy and unhealthy relationships
• same sex relationships.

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