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Wrap It Up: 7 People Who Need To Start Wearing Condoms ASAP


Since the 15th century, and even further back depending on what historian or archaeologist you believe, condoms have been in existence. They may not have always been the slick little wonders that stealthily fit in your wallet or clutch as they do today, but they've always been as a means to prevent unwanted pregnancy and the spread of disease.

But despite this, despite the fact that it takes less than a minute to put one on and you can pretty much pick them up by the handful at any clinic, people still aren't using them. What do you guys think they're for? Balloon animals? Some sort of bizarre storage bag for your snacks?

While, as a whole, we may be getting better at practicing safe sex, there are still some of those people out there who are messing everything up by not playing along. Whether it's lack of education and awareness, apathy, or just straight-up not giving a damn, here are the people who REALLY need to get it together when it comes to using condoms.

1. Teenagers in New Mexico.
Although teen pregnancy rates have dropped, and continue to do so, New Mexico has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the country. Not far behind are Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, with New Hampshire getting the crown for the least number of teen pregnancies.

2. The over-60 crowd.
I know! I know! Life isn't over just because menopause has hit! (And don't forget it!) Studies have found that "Baby Boomers," that group of men and women who are now in their 60s, have seen an 8.2 percent increase of STIs in their age group. The problem is this group, whether because of divorce or the death of spouse, are now back on the market, but having grown up during the 60s when the Pill was invented and before things like HIV were even a concern, they just don't bother to use a condom. Some of them have never used condoms! Looks like it might be time for you to sit down and tell your recently divorced mom or dad how things have changed since Woodstock.

3. Louisiana and Mississippi Residents.
I'm not really sure what's going on in the South, but it's definitely not condom use. Not only does the South take the cake when it comes to teen pregnancy numbers, but according to the CDC when it comes to chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama are the top four states for these monsters.

4. Men in their early 20's.
Although it's easy to cure, if caught in time, chlamydia isn't just the most common STD out there, but it's also the most common among men between the ages of 20 and 24. The disease has become such an epidemic amongst young people that in 2010, Sweden launched National Chlamydia Day to bring awareness to the disease and just how important condom use is. 

5. Dating app users.
Sex in the palm of your hand has been something for which the world has been waiting, isn't it? But the problem with dating apps, especially hookup apps that allow you to meet someone and get it on within minutes, is that it’s attracting a crowd of risk takers, and those risk takers aren't really down with practicing safe sex. A new study has found that users of apps such as Grindr and Tinder, have more STIs than those who try to go out and meet someone at a bar. Sex on demand is great, but who wants the infection that goes with it?

6. People 15 to 24.
Sorry, you guys, but you're still, hands down the demographic with the highest rate of STIs. Come on! You should know better! Are you sex ed classes that much of a waste? This group accounts for 63 percent of chlamydia cases, 54 percent of genital warts, 42 percent of herpes and 56 percent of gonorrhea. Put that all together and that's a lot of sores, rashes, and awkward conversations. Not a pretty picture, is it?

7. Women in their late 30s and 40s.
While abortion rates have fallen for most age groups, recent research discovered that it's steadily risen 6 percent since 2001 for women over 35. The reason? They're not using birth control because think they can't get pregnant.