Canada: Teens' Sex Practices and Lack of Knowledge Ring Alarm Bells
February 22, 2006
Results of an online survey of Canadian youth reveal "an astonishing" lack of knowledge about STDs, said Jean-Yves Frappier, a pediatrician and the head of the adolescent division of Sainte Justine Hospital and the Canadian Association for Adolescent Health.
Ipsos-Reid last fall conducted online interviews of 1,200 teens ages 14-17 and 1,100 mothers. The results are considered accurate within 2.9 percentage points. Among the findings:
"Kids have sex, that's not new," said Frappier. "But there's been an increase in the prevalence of [STDs] in the last five years."
Channing Rodman, who is in charge of developing new sex education programs for the community-based group Head & Hands, said many high school girls use birth control pills but not condoms and go from one "loving and trusting" partner to the next. "Because there is an atmosphere of trust, they won't get tested for STIs. You have unprotected sex with multiple partners, which is the highest risk sex you can have, Rodman said."
02.22.06; Charlie Fidelman
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.