Sex education: Findings from the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships

Anna Yeung, Peter Aggleton, Juliet Richters, Andrew Grulich, Richard De Visser, Judy M. Simpson, Chris Rissel

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In a national telephone-based survey, information on sexual behaviour and outcomes were collected from 20 091 randomly selected Australians in 2012-13. Data were weighted and analysed to determine the proportion of those who had received school-based sex education and to examine the associations between sex education and sexual health outcomes, specifically a history of a sexually transmissible infection (STI), early pregnancy, contraception use at first sex, and level of STI knowledge. Just over half the respondents (53%; n = 19 836) reported receiving sex education that included information about condoms and contraception. Using logistic regression analysis after adjusting for age, education and non-English-speaking background, we found that sex education was strongly associated with increased odds of using contraception at first vaginal intercourse (odds ratio (OR) = 1.57; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.44-1.71; P < 0.001) and higher levels of STI knowledge (OR = 1.75; 95% CI 1.46-2.12; P < 0.001).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-295
Number of pages3
JournalSexual Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


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