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China Opens First Teenager Clinic

China's first clinic for teenagers opened in Beijing Saturday to cater to their special needs.

The clinic, attached to the Beijing No.2 Hospital, has departments of gynecology, maternity, urology, pediatrics and psychological consultation, among others.

In addition, people under the age of 23 will be taught rudiments on physiological growth, making friends of opposite sex, pregnancy and safe sex.

China has 300 million people aged between 10 and 24. Their sexual maturity age comes one year earlier than that of those born 10 years ago. Quite a number of primary school pupils have experienced spermatorrhea and menstrual flow.

However, parents and relevant social sectors lack adequate preparations for the change. Recent statistics revealed 80 percent of the juvenile had obtained sexual knowledge from literary works, advertisements and video tapes.

Many Chinese experts said it is of great importance to establish the teenager clinic in various parts of China to help the juvenile solve medical problems under the guidance of experts.

(Xinhua News Agency March 2, 2002)

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