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Growing concern young Greeks are ignorant about sexual health

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There is a growing, and persistent concern among health care practitioners in Greece surrounding awareness about sexual health among young people.According to a report by Kathimerini, doctors have noted an increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and a rise in the number of abortions being carried out on young women.It is estimated that around 150,000 abortions take place in Greece each year – a number that has risen during the years of the financial crisis – of which 25 per cent are carried out on females aged 16 and under.In 2017 at the 6th Pan Hellenic Conference of Gynecological Endocrinology in Athens, a number of leading doctors expressed their concern over the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions amongst teenagers.Doctors say that many of the young women they encounter are poorly informed about gynaecological issues, and cited the fact that sex education has yet to be made a priority on the agenda of Greek schools, which Panagiotis Christopoulos, a gynaecologist specialising in adolescent issues, says is a significant part of the problem.“There is a complete ignorance about matters of sexual health, contraception and protection from STDs,” Dr Christopoulos said.Studies have shown that 73 per cent of young people aged between 14 and 16 have engaged in sexual activity of some kind.Coitus interruptus, know colloquially as the withdrawal method, is the most popular form of contraception used by young Greeks, followed by condoms, and then the contraceptive pill, which is only used by four per cent of young women.Aside from long-term contraceptive options, the condom is particularly encouraged given it is the only option that protects against STDsPart of the problem when it comes to adequate education on the matter however is the challenge being posed by parents. Dr Christopoulos revealed that he has offered to run sex education classes on a voluntary basis at a number of schools, but has been faced with opposition, mainly from parents.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter A group of lucky Aus

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >A group of lucky Australian travel agents recently sampled one of APT’s most sought-after Royal Invitations – an exclusive classical concert at the City Palace in Vienna, owned by the princely family of Liechtenstein.Widely regarded as one of the city’s most exquisite buildings, the group visited the palace as part of a week sailing aboard the award-winning luxury river cruise operator’s MS AmaVerde between Budapest and Nuremberg.On arrival at the palace, the guests were treated to a cocktail reception before enjoying an evening of culture and captivating entertainment.Other highlights of the special 8-day itinerary cruise included the chance to journey aboard the Majestic Imperator train between Passau and Linz, also an exclusive APT Royal Invitation.Taking in the scenery of Austria’s famous Salzkammergut region, the group of travel agents enjoyed morning tea aboard the train before disembarking in Salzburg for a tour, which touched on some of the sights from the classic ‘Sound of Music’ and the chance to explore Mirabell Gardens. They then reboarded, enjoying drinks, canapés and music en route to Linz, where they rejoined their river cruise.The agents also sampled APT’s all inclusive lifestyle on board their luxury river cruise ship; dining at the Chef’s Table Restaurant, enjoying complimentary beverages and relaxing in their Twin Balcony suites, all of which featured butler services and complimentary Wi-Fi.Pictured at the City Palace are, from left to right: Natalie Thompson (helloworld Moe), Fiona Borserini (helloworld), Jodie Pellegrino (helloworld Wangaratta), Elyse Hebblewhite (helloworld Shellharbour), Jane Thistlethwaite (helloworld Bankstown & Drummoyne), Kristine Fisher (APT), Jenaya Soster-Kath (helloworld Helensvale Westfield), Janelle Ramsey (APT), Corinne Ellis (helloworld Strathpine), Vivienne Seery (helloworld Bullcreek) and Kerry Holmes (Balnarring Travel & Cruise).Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more