Pupils test positive for STIs, despite ‘effective’ sex lessons

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Pupils test positive for STIs, despite ‘effective’ sex lessons

‘Sexually active young people must be encouraged to screen for STIs each time they change a sexual partner’

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Seven percent of schoolgirls who participated in a study to gauge the effectiveness of the department of basic education’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programme tested positive for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Researchers from MEASURE Evaluation at the University of North Carolina in the US tracked the incidence of the herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) in 3,606 Grade 8 girls from five education districts in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. They did so again in 2018.

The team examined whether the department’s Scripted Lesson Plans (SLPs), used by pupils during life orientation classes, would result in an increase or decrease in the incidence of HSV-2, which causes genital herpes...

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