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Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Sex education 'reduces risky sexual behaviour'

Parents could minimise the risk of their child having to make an international health insurance claim for sexually-transmitted diseases by supporting sex education.

Terrence Higgings Trust policy director Lisa Power claimed many teenagers do not understand the risks, dangers and consequences of sex, nor do they know how to prevent difficulties from occurring.

She suggested that all some youngsters know about sex is from "their peers in the playground" and from television shows.

In some cultures, it is "easier to have sex than to talk about it", the expert continued.

However, Ms Power noted that in countries such as the Netherlands, children are taught about sexual matters throughout their education, which makes them "more likely to be careful".

Statistics support this argument, with United Nations data showing that in the UK, the teen pregnancy rate is more than five times higher than that in Holland, while the Dutch abortion rate is also one of Europe's lowest.

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