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FPA launches oral sex leaflet

The family planning association (FPA) has launched a new "Oral Sex" leaflet to coincide with the 2006 Health Protection Agency data released earlier this month.

The Health Protection Agency survey showed that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the increase, particularly among young adults and gay men.  

The FPA leaflet aims to show teenagers and adults that they can acquire STIs though oral sex via a series of frequently asked questions.

It also suggests ways people and their partners can protect themselves against infection.

Chief Executive of the FPA Anne Weyman said: "People don't always consider sex as being 'risky behaviour' and its essential they know what the risks are.

"Although three quarters of the British population practice oral sex the subject is rarely discussed. People need accurate and comprehensive information on all aspects of sexual health, including topics that some people think are taboo."

She adds that the leaflet is relevant for anyone having oral sex, regardless of their age, sexuality and sexual preference.

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Will this leaflet help reduce the incidence of STIs? (Please supply your comment, name and location in the feedback box below. Your details will not be published if you so request.)

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"Personally I do not think the message we professionals convey is strong enough and neither is it educating those at risk. Health education information should be clear, honest, direct and with maximum impact even though it might cause offence to some and be judgemental for others. We need to turn the tide to safer healthier and responsible lifestyles" - Name and address supplied

"It's all very well handing out leaflets but somebody needs to go through the information with the youngsters to discuss and answer any questions" - Pam Snape,  Southport

"It may do but I think a lot of responsability should lie with the parents educating thier children. The majority of parents just rely on schools to tell them these things" - A. Leach, Wallasey

"Relevant information, even in an easy-to-read format, can only benefit the target audience if it is actually relevant to them. Blanket messages are likely to be thrown away. Are they intended to be sent out en masse or given out at the discretion of a healthcare professional?" - Paula Williams, practice nurse

"Children are no longer children. A great opportunistic chance was taken from both the public and healthcare professionals when the age of cervical smears was raised. If girls are sexually active let's get them on the recall screening programme and teach them about STIs from a young age, at every opportunity" - Name and address supplied

"NO MORE LEAFLETS. This needs to be discussed frankly and openly with individual patients!" - Name and address supplied

"Doubt it - but this way we are handing out information" - Name and address supplied