Australia: It Takes Two to Tango Is Message Behind Sex Ed Campaign
April 11, 2006
Contraceptive drugs alone are not protection enough for sexually active young Australian females who wish to avoid STDs as well as pregnancy, says a campaign debuting today in Sydney. Launched by the independent coalition Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia, the "It Takes 2 to Tango" campaign targets 16- to 25-year-olds, who "are at the highest risk of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies," said Kathy McNamee, SH&FPA's senior medical officer. The campaign's message is that women should reduce their risk by using both the pill and a condom.
Nearly 17 percent of Australian women become pregnant during their teens and, since 2000, more than 170,000 women have contracted chlamydia, said the group. Properly used, contraceptive pills can reduce the risk of pregnancy by 99 percent, while using a condom is the most effective protection against STDs.
Doctors and family planning groups have been urging women for years to practice safe sex, but the "double protection" message gets more prominence with SH&FPA's new campaign, McNamee said.
"Awareness about safer sex has increased over the years as a result of successful sexual health campaigns," said McNamee. "However, despite high awareness, international studies show that unplanned pregnancies are still most likely the result of incorrect use of contraception."
Australian Associated Press
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.