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Sexual health services for men

Young people have a "whole range of services available" for accessing information on sexual health and tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the Sex Education Forum has said.

Coordinator Anna Martinez revealed that specialist services now exist in many places, including further education colleges, to encourage more young people to use them.

"There are lots of services which are designed now to be young people friendly. So I would encourage them to find out where their local services are, and to remember that they are confidential and that they are designed to support and help you," she said.

The expert also noted that, by introducing services in innovative places, the number of young men making use of them should increase.

"I think traditionally young men are less likely to access services compared to young women but I think that is changing now," she claimed.

"There has been some dedicated, targeted work for young men, for example with sex and relationships education. And, as services become more accessible, they find it easier to actually approach the services."

A recent report revealed that knowledge of Chlamydia increased sharply between 2000/01 and 2006/07 and that 84 per cent of men now recognise it to be an STI.

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