UK gay students are not being taught about HIV

Published: March 9, 2015

Joe Morgan
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Gay students are not receiving any information about same-sex relationships or even about their sexual health.

In a new UK study, it found three quarters of 14 to 19-year-old gay students have not been given any advice about navigating adult same-sex relationships.

A third have also said they have not been taught about HIV and safer sex, with many unaware of how the virus is actually transmitted.

The National Aids Trust, who surveyed 1,000 teens, said the lack of proper education was likely fueling the rise in young men contracting HIV.

‘That the majority of the people that filled in this survey are leaving education not knowing how to protect themselves from HIV is shocking,’ NAT chief executive Deborah Gold said.

‘The number of young men who have sex with men who are contracting HIV is increasing. I think there’s an absolute link between the lack of this education at a time when people need it and the consequences of that.’

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