Everyone thinks everyone else is having sex - actually only one third of people under 16 have had sex and the average age young people have sex is 16.
You should not feel pressured into having sex by anyone - you should have sex when you feel ready to.
The law states it is illegal to have sex if you are under 16 which is the same for all people whether they are straight, gay or a lesbian. It is an absolute criminal offence to have sex with anyone that is under 13 - even if they've said you can have sex with them (have given their consent).
If you are under 16 you can still get confidential advice from Health Professionals. This means if you talk to a Nurse or Doctor about sex they will not tell your parents or anyone else. The only time they would have to share the information is if you are being pressured into having sex, or having sex with someone much older or younger then you, and are likely to be harmed. Health Professionals encourage you to talk to your parents or carer about having sex as they can offer you support.
Most schools do not have the same confidentiality rules as health professionals; they have to share information with your parents. This means that if you need Sexual Health advice you should ask your teacher to refer you to the School Nurse as they do not have to share this with your parents or carer.
For information on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) and Contraception see the next section or contact your School Nurse for advice on Sexual Health.