Singapore Uses Shocking Images to Turn Students Off Sex
December 12, 2002
Singapore announced a new strategy to put teens off casual sex. In January, the government's Health Promotion Board will distribute a booklet to 15-year-olds featuring color photographs of people infected with, and disfigured by, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. The booklet is a departure from the norm in a country with routine censorship. "It's very graphic, we want to grab their attention and bring across the dangers," said Leona Lo, a Board spokesperson. Teens and parents who saw the images described the booklet as shocking. "The pictures are gross," said student Ben Tay. "But the scarier the better because it's the fear factor that will stop people." Singapore reports one of the lowest STD transmission rates in the world, with a total of 6,500 cases reported last year.
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