Sex Ed App

The app was shortlisted for a top award and is now being used by sexual outreach workers across Manchester.

University students have designed a mobile app – so embarrassed young men can get sex education in the privacy of their own homes.

The students at Salford University created a series of videos, specifically for mobile phones and iPods, after discovering men were reluctant to go to sexual health clinics because they were too shy.

The app was shortlisted for a top award and is now being used by sexual outreach workers across Manchester. The clips include several showing how different contraceptives work, and what happens during a visit to a sex health clinic.

Prof Ben Light, who supervised the project, said: “Brook Manchester, the sexual advice charity, were basically finding that they could get girls and young women though the door but were having problems engaging young men.

“These clips are aimed at young guys and are fundamentally about trying to improve awareness of the need to maintain sexual health.” Prof Light said sexual health advisors had told the students that some of the protocols they had to follow caused particular embarrassment.

He said: “These advisors aren’t able to give condoms without making sure that people know how to use them.

“So they would have to do a physical demonstration on the street using a big red item – sometimes holding an umbrella – which could be awkward and embarrassing for everybody.”

Prof Bright added: “We’re hoping that young people will start sharing the videos and therefore spread the word about sexual education to their peers.”