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'Sexual free for all' is creating a problem; PUBLIC HEALTH POLITICS.

A sexual "free for all"among young people is leading to serious public health problems, an MP claimed.

Tory former minister Robert Key (Salisbury) said young adults were engaging in alcoholfuelled sex, leading to increasing levels of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Teenagers were not inhibited by the "social mores"which guided his generation and the major public health problem for youngsters in Salisbury was chlamydia and penile warts, he claimed.

MPs had been "ducking" the problem for years and young people needed help, he added.

At question time in the Commons Mr Key said: "It really is time we recognise there is a free for all out there for young people who are not inhibited by the social mores under which most of us grew up.

"It is time we actually help them - whether the answer is in schools or parents or both, we have got to raise the tone of this debate."

Children's Minister Beverley Hughes said: "I certainly agree that for a minority of young people this is a problem and I think we have got to take it seriously and we are doing.

"You are right to say there is clearly a link for some young people between alcohol consumption, drug consumption and unsafe sex."

But she added that MPs had to be wary of adding to "general stereotypes".
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Date:Oct 14, 2008
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