Half of us have had sex with no protection ...it’s Bonkers
doctors fears attitudes will help spread stis
ALMOST half of Irish people have had unprotected sex – with nearly a quarter admitting the thought didn’t cross their mind.
Research by condom giants Durex found 48% of us failed to use the precaution.
And less than a third are consciously doing anything to prevent STIS, despite HSE reports of gonorrhea increasing by more than half between 2015 and 2016.
Although 67% of 18 to 24-yearolds state they are confident in how to protect themselves against infections, only a quarter use a condom.
The study found 35% of respondents don’t use protection because they are confident the other person isn’t carrying a disease.
And 23% told the researchers the thought didn’t cross their mind, and a third admit they get taken over by the heat of the moment.
Dr Jack Lambert, an infectious disease and genitourinary medicine consultant, said: “The rise in sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes in the past 12 months is a clear reflection of young people’s casual attitude to preventing the spread of STIS. Youths are incredibly liberal in terms of behaviour but the same approach is not taken in terms of carrying out regular STI checks.
“The surge in recordings of STIS year on year reflects several behavioural changes, with no two cases being the same.
“However, what can be taken from the recent findings is a need for further education on the matter and an open conversation when it comes to safe sex, not only with regards to preventing pregnancy but also STIS.
“As a nation, we’re making great inroads into being increasingly open about healthcare and related concerns, both physical and mental.
“But unfortunately this has not extended to sexual health, further discussion and education is required.”
Men are more likely to purchase condoms in comparison to women, with only a sixth of Irish women admitting to ever buying condoms.
Following on from this, only 37% of those who do use condoms admit to using them every time they have sex, meaning 66% of all users still allow for the risk of contracting an STI.
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