Explaining mysteries of sex to teenagers

Explaining mysteries of sex to teenagers

October 26, 2012 – 7:00am

Lifestyle – Judy Murphy hears how adolescents are receiving ‘open and frank’ sex education

Siobhán O’Higgins is a woman anyone would be glad to have as a partner. Not only is she a trained sex researcher and educator, she is also a Cordon Bleu cook – and to top it all off, she has a great sense of humour.

Siobhán, who has a Ph D in sexual education from NUIG and who is Education Co-ordinator with AIDS Help West, is a regular visitor to schools in the city, county and further afield. She teaches teenagers about sexuality in a way that is open and frank and that allows for an occasional laugh – a vital part of sex education, she says.

“I go into schools and tell them, ‘you are going to laugh and going to giggle and feel embarrassed and it’s all OK’.”

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