Ah, America — land of the free, home of the brave, and a nation of people who don't like safe sex. Because really, people, there's nothing like the risk of a sexually transmitted infection (STI) to spice up your sex life, no?
What's that, you say? You don't enjoy unsafe sex? Well, neither do we, but the results of Durex's 2011 Sexual Wellbeing global survey shows that our fellow Americans aren't using the love-glove while doing the deed. In fact, six out of 10 U.S. men and women didn't use protection when losing their virginity. Compare that 60 percent to other countries (49 percent in Mexico and 47 percent in Colombia) and you've got some cause for alarm.
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Why aren't people using condoms? Survey results say that peoples' "confidence" in their partner is to blame for lack of protection. Among those who said "no" to the rubber raincoat, 49 percent of women said they believed their partner to be free of STIs. Meanwhile, (only?) one in five people currently in a relationship are unsure of their partner's sexual history. "I Don't Care How Drunk You Are: Use A Friggin' Condom!"
Such findings are really troubling. We've long been told about the importance of preventing STIs, but somehow those lessons aren't sticking. Instead, we're choosing to play a game of roulette with our health.
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To any and all who've been leaving the package unwrapped, let's stop making excuses, shall we? Whether you're drunk, sober, in a long-term relationship or having a one-night stand, put your health-class knowledge to good use and wear a condom, unless you're sure you've both been tested and aren't sleeping with anyone else.
Do you always use condoms when you have sex?