Reuters Health - While teens mostly navigate the internet with ease, they may have a tough time finding information on sexual health, a new study suggests. One of the biggest barriers to finding accurate information on sexual health was teens' fear that their queries would not be anonymous, researchers reported in Sexually Transmitted Infections. To take a closer look at the barriers that might block teens from finding needed information on the internet, McDaid and her colleagues recruited 49 young people aged 16 to 19 who were diverse in terms of gender, sexuality, religion and socioeconomic background. The teens were first interviewed about their perceptions and experiences looking for sexual health information, including the use of social media and apps. They were then observed as they sought information pertaining to two possible scenarios: looking for information on STDs after unprotected sex and providing guidance for a friend contemplating having sex for the first time.
The policy set out a framework for improving sexual health in Scotland and access to information and services, whilst allowing flexibility for local services to respond to local needs. It recognised that sexual health is not just the absence of disease, but included an intricate range of ethical, moral, cultural and social issues. It is a multi-agency, cross agenda approach based on five high level outcomes. The Framework was published in August It reports on the progress made since the original Framework was published in , and outlines the specific areas of focus for the next five years.
Many public health programs recognize that health trajectories, including reproductive health, are developed over the course of a lifetime. Health behaviors initiated during adolescence have a great impact on future health and reproductive outcomes. Starting health promotion, screening, and interventions in the early reproductive years will optimize physical, emotional, and social wellbeing throughout the life course. Preconception health discussions and services provide a framework for planning a healthy future, thinking through consequences of early pregnancy, and having meaningful discussions about life planning.
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