Statement from CES re: Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections

The increasing number of young people nationally with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is leading to situations where some Catholic schools and sixth form colleges are being asked to participate in initiatives, eg, led by the Primary Care trusts (PCT) which encourage pupils and students to participate in testing for STIs.

We strongly advise that if such testing is to be made available at or facilitated through the school or college, parents should be advised of this and encouraged to discuss the matter with their daughter or son.

However, the paramount concern is that young people who find themselves in this situation should be able to get swift treatment so that the long term ill effects of STIs, which can include infertility, are averted.

The full statement from the CES can be downloaded below: