Half of us have had sex with no pro­tec­tion ...it’s Bonkers

doc­tors fears at­ti­tudes will help spread stis

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY HE­LEN WHITE­HOUSE

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.

BED OR ALIVE Con­doms could be vi­tal to sex­ual health

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