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Funds invested to provide easy contraceptive access

27th February 2009

Money is being invested to help sexually-active young people receive advice and easy access to contraception, the Department of Health has announced.

Health minister Dawn Primarolo explained part of the 20.5 million pounds provided will be used to enable women of all ages a range of choices for practicing safe sex. The options will include methods that act for long periods of time and are reversible – such as implants and injections.

She added local health services will be given more money to come up with innovative ways to educate young females how to use their contraceptives properly. One such suggestion is providing a text message reminder service.

Ms Primarolo commented: “Young people need good advice and easy access to contraception when they become sexually active.”

Teenage pregnancy rates are due to rise in the number of abortions, rather than the number of teenage mothers giving birth, revealed figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

In related news, health minister Ann Keen told NHS staff recently that the fight against hospital infections must continue on all fronts.

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