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Sex education offered online
Updated: 2004-07-30 09:17

About 100 young people sent questions and concerns about puberty to medical experts during China's first online consultation on reproductive health in Shanghai yesterday afternoon.

Experts answered at least 20 questions on the spot and will reply to the remainder via the Website within the next few days.

Most questions yesterday were about the physical changes experienced during puberty, curiosity about the opposite sex and social stress.

The shanghai Family Planning Technical Instruction Institute initiated the consultation through its Website (http://yfc.boyandgirl.com.cn).

Experts said the Internet is a good method for young people and medical experts to discuss puberty problems. Through the online Q&A, young people received sex education and kept their privacy at the same time.

"With better nutrition, students often reach puberty at age 11. However, many still lack enough sex knowledge and are too timid to ask doctors, parents and friends," said Xu Jieshuang, an institute official. "Some children even miss the best time for treatment and psychological direction."

She said the online Q&A will become a routine program every month.

Dr tong Chuanliang from Shanghai International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital said sex education is a long- term task.

"One consultation won't eliminate the overall problems," Tong said. "Schools, families and society must arouse awareness of the issue."

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