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There is a growing concern about the advertisements put out in the media by the NHS, especially when concerned with sexually transmitted diseases, and the rise in numbers of teenagers in Britain who choose to indulge in unsafe sex. The relationship between the advertisements here and the practice more often than not tends to be a negative one because many sources have cited that awareness has brought about more involvement.

Popular campaigns of the sort Sex: Worth Talking About (2010) which alleviated teenagers awareness to the harmful impacts unprotected sex can have on their lives, have now been neglected because the Coalition government has cut back on spending for social marketing. The target audience for campaigns to promote conversation about sexual health is mostly under 25s.

Although many people might argue that because more young people than before get tested for sexually transmitted diseases, increasing the level of involvement in unsafe sex, there is no concrete evidence to state that this is true as of yet, especially when NHS campaigns have a tendency to be abandoned before they even start to cause much of its intended positive impact. In fact, more awareness actually does the opposite: it brings about better understanding for teenagers about the needs and desires of their bodies and how contraceptive choices can help them lower the risk of getting infected.

Research has shown that being open to discussion about sex can play a crucial role in tackling the rise in teenage pregnancy, abortion and poor sexual health practices in England. It is important for young people to regard conversations about sex to be normal and it has to be supportive so that it can encourage them to ask questions, unearth more information and voice any concerns they may have about sex.

So where do you start ? The first place to start is with your partner because having an honest conversation with your partner about sex builds a positive and sexually healthy relationship. NHS campaigns often focus on young people in relationships, encouraging them to talk about each others desires and feelings, to help bring about a positive shift in cultural perspectives amongst teenagers and sex.

To obtain professional advice, the best thing to do is to visit your local health clinic and talk to your GP. If you prefer to have confidential discussions about sex then Brook, the leading sexual health charity in the United Kingdom for young people under the age of 25, will help you to find out more information about sexual health and contraception, offer pregnancy testing, advice and counselling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. They reach somewhere around 290,000 young people every year.

If your having difficulty in discussing sexual health matters with your partner, then dropping by Relate, a charity which offers relationship support and counselling for people of all ages, be it individuals, couples, children, young people and families can help you overcome any issues your facing in conversing with your partner about safe sex.

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