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Common sense needed in tackling teen sex

That's the headline of a story on Xinhuanet, attributed to the China Daily. This is what needs tackling:

"China, with about 200 million citizens between 15 and 24 years of age, has 20 million young people enter adolescence each year. And they're reaching sexual maturity four or five years sooner than in the 1970s, researchers say.

All that energy is manifesting itself, make no mistake about it."

And the common sense response to manifesting energy?

"Chongqing Municipality, in Southwest China, founded the country's first "confidential'' centre for assisting teens with sexual issues last year. The agency gives girls free birth control within a week after a client confirms she has had intercourse. The agency does not make moral judgements, officials said.

In its first five months of operation, 200 pregnant girls showed up "the youngest was 12.

In Beijing, the Maternal and Child Care Service Centre in Xuanwu District offers free professional advice to teenagers on sexual issues and performs abortions, if necessary. According to a survey taken among middle school students in the district, 10 per cent of students admitted to already having taken part in sexual activities.

Another such outlet for troubled girls is the Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital of Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan Province. It provides no-cost abortions for girls 18 or younger.

Chinese are more open about sex than previously, but a teenage pregnancy still remains a source of shame, because girls worry about enraging their parents."

The whole article is here.

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