COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Straight talk

Sexual health charity Brook has published eight leaflets that aim to give young people unbiased information on issues such as chlamydia, herpes and contraception. The leaflets, called 'Nothing but the facts', are written by author and agony uncle Matt Whyman and provide simple, basic information for young people with little or no knowledge about sexual health. Brook, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, has printed 40,000 leaflets, which will be distributed to health professionals and youth workers. "Young people continue to find it difficult to access accurate and non-judgemental information about a range of issues relating to sexual health," says Jan Barlow, chief executive of Brook. "A survey has shown that 25 per cent of young people aged 14 to 15 thought the pill protected against sexually transmitted infections."

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