Sex clinics treating more youngsters
NZ Herald 9 Oct 2011
STIs such as herpes, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis and chlamydia (the most common STI in teenagers) are on the rise. So are the numbers of young teenagers catching them. The figures make sobering reading. Last year, 134 New Zealand children aged 10 to 14 caught chlamydia. The figure leapt to an alarming 3203 in the 15- to 19-year age group with the infection after contracting it from their mothers. Sex education has been compulsory in all schools for 10 years now, but in that time New Zealand’s teenage STI and pregnancy rates have continued to climb. A national survey by the Adolescent Health Research Group at Auckland University shows that almost 11 per cent of children under 14 are sexually active.