The National Children and Youth Council (CONANI) is calling for the authorities to provide sex education at an earlier age, as a way of counteracting the increased levels of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies among teenagers. Conani’s health coordinator Josefina Luna says that many Dominican children have had their first sexual experience by the age of 13 and that this is a cause for concern. Luna believes that educating children on the subject will help teenagers adopt a more responsible attitude towards sex.