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Combined educational and contraceptive interventions reduce unplanned teenage pregnancy, but effects on other outcomes such as sexually transmitted infections unclear
  1. Elizabeth Grigg
  1. Elizabeth Grigg
    Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Somerset Centre, Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5YD, UK; E.Grigg{at}

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Unplanned pregnancy among teenagers poses an enormous social, financial and public health challenge in developing and developed countries. In Britain, research from the Social Exclusion Unit1 shows a continuing rise in the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and a lowering of the age of first sexual intercourse. The British Teenage Pregnancy Strategy set a target of halving the conception rates among under-18-year-olds by 2010. To date there has been a decline of only 13.3%.2

In 2009 a review of the British National Strategy for Sexual Health and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus recommended statutory sex and relationship education for children between the ages of 5 and 14 years. However, the external …

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