Scottish health group calls for EC in schools

A health group in Scotland is calling on government Ministers to allow school nurses to dispense emergency contrantraception to students.  The Scottish Sexual Health Lead Clinicians Group suggests that nurses could dispense condoms and emergency contraception to school children in order to help reduce teen pregnancy rates, which have been holding steady at 7.1 per 1,000 for the past three years.  Currently, the government’s policy does not support providing emergency contraception in schools. The group maintains, “Why are condoms and contraception not accessible? Vaccination against a sexually transmitted infection (HPV) is given in schools – why can’t pregnancy and other STIs be prevented?”

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