Protest-free 'privacy zones'

Written by ABC News : By Ruby Cornish on . Posted in News & Updates

 

Canberra abortion clinics to get protest-free 'privacy zones' as laws pass ACT Legislative Assembly. 

Anti-abortion protesters will not be allowed to congregate outside ACT medical clinics under new laws passed by the Legislative Assembly. The Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill 2015, introduced by the Greens in July, establishes privacy zones around approved medical facilities. People wishing to protest, hold vigils or interact with visitors to the facilities will not be allowed to enter the zones at certain times of day.

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said women should be entitled to access the services without fear.

Teenagers and sex: where parents go wrong

Written by Sydney Morning Herald on . Posted in News & Updates

 

The internet and social media have widened the gulf between parents and teens regarding sex, with parents' focus on the dangers of porn and sexting ignoring their children's desire for basic relationship advice in the digital age. The Young People, Sex, Love and the Media project found only one in five teenagers would seek advice from their parents about love and sex. Most fear their parents are too judgmental and leap to the worst conclusions about what their kids are up to.

Teenagers also said they felt let down by school sex education that is too narrowly focused on biology and risk-prevention messages.

Macquarie University professor Catharine​ Lumby​ conducted focus groups with high school students to ascertain how the media they use influences their behaviour and attitudes towards sex and relationships. She found little evidence the internet had been a corrupting influence on teenage sex lives, but that there was a real need to help teenagers navigate relationships in the era of Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Let’s talk about sex over 60

Written by Bianca Fileborn & Anthony Lyons on . Posted in News & Updates

 

Let’s talk about sex over 60: condoms, casual partners and the ageing body.

Over the past few years we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among Australians aged 60 years and older. Rates of gonorrhoea more than doubled in this age group between 2007 and 2011. Rates of chlamydia also rose significantly during this time, mirroring similar trends internationally.

STIs can be accompanied by some unpleasant symptoms and health complications, or lead to major chronic conditions, in the case of HIV. It’s therefore important STIs are diagnosed and treated, regardless of age.

To understand why STIs are on the rise, we need to know more about older people’s sexual and romantic relationships, their knowledge of STIs and safe sex, and the safe sex practices that they use. However, older people are routinely excluded from research on sex and relationships. Here’s what we know so far.

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