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Sexual Diseases and Safe Sex

The number of teenage mothers has jumped after decades of steady decline and  NSW has had the most significant increase.

The teen fertility rate in NSW rose 15 per cent from 2007 to 2008, according  to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Nationally, the number of teenagers giving birth rose 10 per cent, from  11,204 to 12,326.

While the increase concerns some health professionals, others say it is in  line with the overall baby boom.

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Dr Patricia Weerakoon, co-ordinator of the University of Sydney's graduate  program in sexual health, said teenagers were becoming sexually active earlier  and putting themselves at risk of sexually transmissible illnesses and unplanned  pregnancies.

''The rates of sexually transmissible infections in young people are rising  because they are having unprotected sex. That is also reflected in the rising  number of teenagers having babies.''

While young people are reaching puberty earlier, their brains do not fully  develop until they are in their late teens or early 20s.

''Their hormones are saying they are ready to become sexually active but  their brains won't fully mature for another few years,'' Dr Weerakoon said.  ''Young teenagers do not have a well-developed control mechanism which is why  they engage in risky behaviour. They don't think about the long-term  consequences of their behaviour.

''They go for instant gratification first and don't worry too much about the  long-term consequences of having an unplanned pregnancy.''

Australia's teenage fertility rate of 17 births per 1000 teens is lower than  the rate in the US (51 per 1000), Britain (27 per 1000) and New Zealand (26 per  1000).

But it is higher than many countries including Germany (10 per 1000), France  (eight per 1000) and the Netherlands (four per 1000).

Associate Professor Juliet Richters, of the University of NSW school of  public health and community medicine, said teenagers, particularly those from  lower socio-economic backgrounds, needed more information about sexual  health.

''Australia is only doing medium well in terms of providing support and sex  education to young women,'' she said.

''We are not doing as well as the Netherlands or Scandinavia in terms of  helping teenagers manage sex and fertility.''

She was not alarmed by women in their late teens having babies but said  mothers in their early teens were a cause for concern. ''Young women in the 14,  15, 16-year-old age group who become pregnant tend to be at risk … A lot of them  don't necessarily want to have the baby.''

Medicare data suggests half of all teenagers who conceive do not proceed with  the pregnancy. Up to 60 per cent of those who give birth do not have a male  partner at the time.

NSW Health data shows that teenage pregnancies are clustered in rural and  lower socio-economic areas of Sydney.

The Greater Western Area Health Service has the highest rate of teenage  mothers, recording 8.1 per cent of NSW births, followed by the Hunter and New  England area and the North Coast (both with 6.7 per cent), the Greater Southern  area (6.6 per cent), Sydney West (3.8 per cent), Sydney South West (3.1 per  cent), South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra (2 per cent) and North Sydney and  Central Coast (1.8 per cent).

Suggestions the federal government's $5000 baby bonus may have been  encouraging teenagers to have babies prompted the lump sum payment to be changed  to instalments for mothers aged under 18.

Professor Anthony Smith, from the Australian research centre in sex, health  and society at La Trobe University, said supporting teenage mothers was  important, particularly when it came to helping them complete their  education.

''Programs for young mothers in schools have been running for about 15 years  now,'' he said. ''Before, if a young woman became pregnant while at school that  was the end of her education full stop.

''But over the past decade or so people have moved towards lifelong learning  and a recognition that for many women there will be an interruption to that  process through child-bearing whether it happens earlier in life or later in  life.''

The NSW Education Department has made the successful young mothers program  implemented at Plumpton High School in western Sydney available to all high  schools.

However, most women under 20 who have babies are in their late teens and the  pregnancies may be planned as part of a committed relationship, Professor Smith  said.

''One of the problems is as soon as you mention teen pregnancy everyone  thinks of a 14-year-old when in fact most of the teen pregnancies … occur in the  18, 19-year age bracket.''

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/teenage-baby-boom-sparks-call-for-better-sex-education-20100828-13wvc.html#ixzz2iZEZCCGE


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Tian Molnar's insight:

This article is about how more Australian teenagers are having unsafe sex and are getting unplanned babies. The article shows that Australia has to have people more educated about sexual activity in their early teens, espically around poorer areas. This article shows that Australia as a whole around about the average of teenagers having babies. I think that more education is required and that in poorer areas real life examples of teenagers having a unwanted baby should be shown so that teenagers use a method of contraception if they are going to have sex with someone.

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Peter Kyriakoudes's curator insight, October 22, 2013 8:26 PM

This article is about how more Australian teenagers are having unsafe sex and are getting unplanned babies. This article shows that Australia has to have people more educated about sexual activity in their early teens, espically around poorer areas. This article shows that Australia as a whole around about the average of teenagers having babies. I think that more education is required and that in poorer areas real life examples of teenagers having a unwanted baby should be shown so that teenagers use a method of contraception if they are going to have sex with someone.

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‘It’s sickening’: Children as young as six at risk as drug users dump syringes in Waitara scout grounds (NSW)

‘It’s sickening’: Children as young as six at risk as drug users dump syringes in Waitara scout grounds (NSW) | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
Scouts have been forced to get a sharps bin after the grounds of their hut became a drug den.

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Its not every day articles like this one pop. It's by no means the worst example, but this sort of coverage does little to promote an informed public understanding of the issues associated with public injecting. 

As said in the title "children as young as six at risk drugs", is very eye opening.

Our society is changing for the worst, and it his needs to change.

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 24, 2014 6:11 PM

Articles like this one pop up every so often. It's by no means the worst example, but this sort of coverage does little to promote an informed public understanding of the issues associated with public injecting.  Here's an example of how we've responded to the last Victorian story we've seen: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/345-sunburyneedlestick 

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Sex education 'doesn't cut teen pregnancy rate' claims academic - Telegraph

Sex education 'doesn't cut teen pregnancy rate' claims academic - Telegraph | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
Sex education lessons and freely handing out contraception to young people has little impact on teenage pregnancy rates, according to a controversial study.

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This article outlines the arrogance and irresponsibility of teenagers male and female. Teenage pregnancy is a very serious issue that is currently being addressed, and without the help of teenagers listening to the education being given its very hard for doctors and parents to educate the cild.

 

Most teenage girls don't plan to get pregnant, but many do. Teen pregnancies carry extra health risks to both the mother and the baby. Often, teens don't get prenatal care soon enough, which can lead to problems later on.

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Maya Raulic's comment, March 11, 2013 8:57 PM
Netherlands, country with the lowest teen pregnancy rate in Europe because the Dutch had “an open and accepting attitude towards teenage sexuality, widely available information and sex education, and easy access to confidential contraceptive services”. Some studies although say that sex ed does not change a teens mind. How the teen is raised and who they hang with decides what decisions they are going to make, not some teacher teaching them.
dylan lees's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:53 PM

This shows that even with sex eduation and lots of teachers helping teenagers, they still can not seen to stop getting pregant and contraception doesnt always work too. 

This article is good showing teenagers the right way to go.

brayden's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:23 AM

This article says that a recent controversial study shows that even handing out contraceptive devices to teenagers and giving them lessons on what can happen if unsafe sex is done, this has little impacts according to the telegraph. This fits well because it shows more needs to be done to stop teens having unprotected sex.

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Haverford Police Reports: 14-year-old cited for underage drinking - Main Line

Haverford Police Reports: 14-year-old cited for underage drinking - Main Line | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
Haverford Police Reports: 14-year-old cited for underage drinking
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Haverford Police Reports: 14-year-old cited for underage drinking. Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014. View and purchase photos.
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Where are the parents?.. 

What is a 14 year old doing out later at night?..

where has she got the drink from?..

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Charli Morelli's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:03 AM

why would you let your child out at that time? where did she get the drink from? this is discusting.

 

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Binge drinking 'link to overeating'

Binge drinking 'link to overeating' | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
Drinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a "tipping point", meaning they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours, research says.
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I think that is a very valid point! Earning 6,300 extra calories in the next 24 hours is not what everyone wants, just from drinking 3 large glasses of wine.. 

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Council to curb alcohol sales after 9pm? - Stuff.co.nz

Council to curb alcohol sales after 9pm? - Stuff.co.nz | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
Council to curb alcohol sales after 9pm?
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Porirua residents won't be able to buy alcohol at off-licenses after 9pm, should a draft local alcohol policy for the city get passed.
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I think this is a great idea, it would stop people out late at night drinking. Alcohol has a serious affect on the community. It can lead to people getting drunk and fighting.

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Can teenage drinking lead to alcoholism? - SheKnows.com

Can teenage drinking lead to alcoholism? - SheKnows.com | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
We all agree that teenage drinking is a problem that never seems to go away. Most of the concerns about teens and alcohol are centered around their safety, whether behind the wheel or out at a party. But what about the ...
Tian Molnar's insight:

I think this article is really good. It not only tells you about the dangers of teenage drinking either at a party or behind the wheel but it actually tells you about the long term affect that alcohol gives you. It also gives some pretty scary facts that everyone should keep in the back of there mind. 

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Charli Morelli's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:12 AM

This article clearly states the effect of achole and as a student it has opened my eyes to the further risk and the risk now, and out of control parties, there are partys every weekend in our school weather our year or above the thought it could be one of them is quite frightening.

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Surge in teenage sex

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Surge in teenage sex...

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As risky alcohol consumption among Australia's teenagers has gone up so has the incidence of sex "under the influence" and the number of partners, but not condom use.

A survey of Australian year 10 and 12 students has shown a surge in sexual activity over the past decade, and while awareness of HIV/AIDS remained high, so was the rate of risky sexual practices.

"Rates of alcohol consumption among secondary students have increased markedly, as has the proportion of young people engaging in sex while under the influence of alcohol and drugs," said Paul Agius, from Melbourne's La Trobe University.

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"We also found that there is a marked increase in year 12 students having sex with multiple partners."

In 1997, one in five (19.6 per cent) male year 12 students reported having sex with three or more partners in the past year.

When the same question was put to young men in 2008, the figure had almost doubled (38.2 per cent).

For young women in year 12, those who reported three or more partners in the past year also jumped, over the decade, from 12.9 per cent to 27.2 per cent.

Mr Agius said Australia's rate of teenage pregnancy ranked among the highest in the developed world, while sexually transmitted infections among young adults has risen in the past 10 years.

The survey showed students continued to report "high" awareness of HIV/AIDS while awareness of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) also made a small improvement over the decade.

Young women also reported higher overall awareness of the risks of unsafe sex, showing the need for public health campaign targeting young men.

"It is concerning that students appear to be better informed about HIV than either STIs or hepatitis, which are more common," Mr Agius said.

The percentage of young men who reported using a condom for their last sexual encounter remained stable, at 71.1 per cent in 1997 and no improvement in 2008 at 70.9 per cent.

"Although consistent condom use remains moderately high, it is of some concern that condom use has not increased since 1997 despite related increases in sexual activity ... and increased rates of sexually transmitted infections," Mr Agius said.

The research is published in the October edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.


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Tian Molnar's insight:

This article shows that surge in teenage sex are becoming more common, both willing and influence of drugs and alcohol.

But with the importance use of contraception its becoming less.

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beppe fierravanti's comment, May 23, 2012 7:32 PM
In conclusion,
this post states the information on the surge of teenage sex and stats to support his argument.
Juliet Stanton's curator insight, November 11, 2014 10:15 PM

This means that is it becoming more and more common fir teenagers to have sex, both willingly and under the influence of drugs and alcohol. However with this, the importance use of the use of contraception is becoming less and less.

Vanessa's curator insight, November 23, 2014 5:03 AM

This article shows that surge in teenage sex are becoming more common, both willing and influence of drugs and alcohol.

But with the importance use of contraception is becoming less.

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Schoolies should be a sobering wake-up call (Qld)

Schoolies should be a sobering wake-up call (Qld) | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
IT’S official. There’s a drug freely circulating on the Gold Coast during Schoolies week that medical researchers have deemed one-and-a-half times more dangerous than heroin and crack cocaine. It causes 3500 deaths each year in Australia alone and costs the national economy $15-30 billion annually.

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Tian Molnar's insight:

This Article gives a timely reminder of the impacts of alcohol in our society. Schoolies is something most of us will go through and this article highlights the dangers of irresponsible drug intake and unprotected sex. Its a big wake up call to all students planning to go up to QLD for schoolies. 

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ReGenUC's curator insight, November 24, 2014 5:58 PM

A timely reminder of the impacts (and prevalence) of alcohol in our society.

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Under age binge drinking: Children as young as 17 need liver transplants - Parentdish

Under age binge drinking: Children as young as 17 need liver transplants - Parentdish | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
Under age binge drinking: Children as young as 17 need liver transplants
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Under age binge drinking: Children as young as 17 need liver transplants. Surgeon calls on legal drinking age to be raised to 21.
Tian Molnar's insight:

This is so horrible. Children at such a young age need all this medical treatment because there parents are not responsible and let hem go out at get drunk and take drugs.

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Remi Moores's curator insight, May 7, 2014 5:18 AM

I think this article is great it shows the risks of binge drinking and it shows how bad alcohol is for you when you are young and you binge drink also it is quiet interesting.

Charli Morelli's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:01 AM

this is terrible. all the genuine people who need liver transplants are being pushed down the waiting list because of drunk teenagers as young as 17. 

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Elderly woman stuns neighbors after being arrested for selling ...

Elderly woman stuns neighbors after being arrested for selling ... | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
STONEWALL, Okla. - An 83-year-old woman stunned everyone in town, including authorities, after police were tipped off she was selling drugs out of her house in Stonewall in Pontotoc County.
Tian Molnar's insight:

I think this is horrible, why and 83 year old women would sell drugs at her house,  in don't get it. But i defiantly think this lady should be punished because if for example if some teenagers were walking past het house late at night they would probably take it and that would be a crime.

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Why underage drinking at 24 Sussex Drive is no joke for the Harper ...

Why underage drinking at 24 Sussex Drive is no joke for the Harper ... | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
The legal drinking age in the province of Ontario -- where, for those of you who missed it, Ottawa is located -- is 19. Serving alcohol to persons under that age is illegal. And the Mounties who provide security at that address ...
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Serving alcohol to persons under age is illegal. Therefore the adults are setting a terrible example towards the children.

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Charli Morelli's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:04 AM

This is illegal as the children are underage, a terrible example being set from the parents, and what about their children. 

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Binge Drinking College Students HAPPIER? [Study] - YouTube

Binge drinking doesn't just lead to projectile vomiting, it actually leads to students who are HAPPIER, on average, than students who do not drink alcohol as...
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This video shows two different opinions from two different people  and what they think of binge drinking. The girl seems to think that binge drinking isn't good at all for college students were the boy says he wouldn't recommend it but its okay to do and he believes it makes you happier.

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Charli Morelli's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:10 AM

i think its ok to go out and have fun with your friends, however binge drinking and collage probably not a good idea, boys think its good and makes you happier on the other hand girls say its not a good idea and they wouldn't recommend it.

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Underage Drinking, Why They Do It - Empowered Teens and Parents

Underage Drinking, Why They Do It - Empowered Teens and Parents | Tians yr 9 journal | Scoop.it
Underage drinking is a fear that every parent shares. Learn how to talk about the dangers with your teen.
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This article warns you about the dangers of underage drinking and the consequences your body may face. It also lets you know how to be sensible and having drinks in moderation.

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