When it comes to sex we all know how important it is to be safe.
Contraception – particularly condoms – can help to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. We all know this.
But, despite being taught some form of sex education from a relatively early age – many people don’t seem to be taking the risks of unsafe sex seriously enough.
New research has found that two thirds of Brits have never been tested for an STI. Never. Not once.
The study, conducted by Lelo, also found that one in ten have lied about how long its been since having an STI test, and a quarter admit they never use a condom when sleeping with a new partner for the very first time.
This… is worrying.
‘We found these figures incredibly shocking, especially when we consider that many sexually transmitted infections are symptomless, which highlights the importance of testing even when you feel fine,’ said Kate Moyle from Lelo.
‘Left untreated, some STIs can impact more long term health, such as future fertility and the ability to get pregnant.
‘With this in mind, it seems the risks really do not outweigh the benefits of using condoms which are the most reliable form of contraception for protecting against both unwanted pregnancy and STI’s, which when used correctly don’t detract from the enjoyment of sex.’
It comes down to honesty and embarrasment. We’re all so shy talking about our sexual histories that we end up lying.
But by saving your pride, you could be putting your health, and the health of your lovers, at risk.
Men are nearly twice as likely to lie about wearing condoms than women (15% vs 8%).
Londoners have the worst track record with 29% admitting lying about using condoms during sex and saying they did, even when they didn’t (vs a national average of 12%).
25% of sexually active adults surveyed, revealed they have lied about how many sexual partners they have had, with 18-34-year-olds being the worst culprits.
The figures have been released as part of Sexual Health Week to raise awareness about the realities of unsafe sex.
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