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Scottish schools to provide sexual health clinics

Scottish schools to provide sexual health clinics
Teenagers in Scotland are to be offered contraception and STI tests, the SNP government has confirmed.

According to a government spokesman, an estimated 60,000 pupils in rural areas will have access to sexual health services at school after experts advised SMPs that many youngsters were finding it hard to get to their GP or a family planning clinic.

The decision is all the more relevant considering recent figures which show that nearly 300 under-16s in Scotland were diagnosed with STIs last year.

Shirley Fraser, health improvement programme manager at NHS Health Scotland, told Scotland on Sunday: "The view of those who contributed to the report is that consideration should be given to providing services in or near to schools and that this should include sexual health information and services such as chlamydia testing, pregnancy testing and condoms."

However, a government spokesman told the newspaper that there are no plans for any school in Scotland to administer the morning-after pill.

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Treatment news: 10/09/2008