The main reason young people don’t buy condoms is the embarrassment of buying and using it. Bad habits that put you at risk.
Less than half of sexually active people under 25 use condoms for contraception or prevention on a regular basis. Sexuality in young people is at risk. This is the result of a survey carried out by durex and scuolanet by the “young sexuality observatory”.
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The investigation involved:
- 15,254 young people
- between 11 and 24 years
The results were disclosed for the educational campaign “Safe is the new normal” in collaboration with ANLAIDS (association that fights against AIDS) to raise awareness of bad sexual habits pre-covid 19. According to this survey, the main reason why boys do not buy condoms is embarrassment in buying and using them .
Fortunately, thanks to the contribution of the school on the subject of sex, the boys know better the subject and good sexual habits than in the past.
Youth and sexuality at risk: school can help
Talking about sex is important and school in this it is fundamental:
we need targeted communication campaigns with a language that adapts to that of the boys, so that even the youngest know how to approach their sex life.
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In this sense, for the results achieved, we must thank the campaigns that have been carried out to date, which have improved the knowledge of risks and good sexual practices among young people:
- 6 out of 10 boys recognize the main sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
But there is still a long way to go according to the data collected:
- among sexually active boys who habitually use condoms during intercourse is only 1 in 2
- 2 out of 5 do not take any precautions
Although the condom is recognized as effective in protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections
- three out of four boys avoid it as if it were a taboo
- 13% of sexually active do not use any method of contraception or prophylaxis
- 21% contraception only (birth control pill)
- 17% use it intermittently
- only 46% always wear it during intercourse
This disastrous trend is alarming when you think about casual relationships in this case
- only 44% use condoms
- 21% do not take any kind of precautions
- growing with age the numbers do not change, in fact the data relating to 11-13 years are in line with the numbers of teenagers
The number one enemy of young people is shame:
- 67% are embarrassed to buy condoms
- 28% buy them in vending machines
- 35% do not expose themselves and delegate the partner
- 4% order them online
- only 18% buy them at the pharmacy
Regarding the right use of condoms:
- 32% confess that they learned how to put them on having sex
- 26% had explanations from their partner
Unfortunately, the family still talks too little about these issues:
- only six out of 10 spoke to their parents about prevention
So most avoid the embarrassment of handling condoms:
- two out of three rely on interrupted coitus (34% sometimes 28% always) and unfortunately the figures do not improve as they grow older with age.
Unfortunately, interrupted coitus does not protect from unwanted diseases or pregnancies:
- 23% practice it anyway accepting the idea that things may not go well
- 9% because they are embarrassed to use something else
Yet our young people are well educated:
- faced with a list of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), except one, 60% spot the intruder
- Eight out of 10 Johns know that some STIs can be asymptomatic
- more than six out of 10 young people know that some diseases can lead to infertility
- nearly seven in 10 know that infection is easier if precautions are not used
- nine out of 10 know that you can get pregnant even the first time you have sex.
- 87% of young people see condoms as a protective tool for sexually transmitted infections
- 71% see condoms as a method with contraceptive functions
- 79% of young people know that the pill is a shield from unwanted pregnancy
- one in 10 believe that the pill can prevent disease
Why if these young people are so educated do they not put the theory they learned into practice?
- Perhaps because at that age a pregnancy is more frightening than a disease
- perhaps because in 2020 pregnancies are a little less scary as there is the morning after pill.
The morning after pill is seen by many as an emergency contraceptive:
- one in four say they have used it
- among them one in three more than once
This is why sexually transmitted infections and the sale of the morning after pill have increased in Italy.
There is a lot of work to be done especially among the little ones under 14 who are less even less educated. It seems that the most effective channel is the school. The children who have had meetings on the subject at school answer the tests correctly
- on contraceptive methods
- on knowledge of STIs
- on the knowledge of risky practices such as interrupted coitus
- on the usefulness of the condom.
Furthermore, according to this survey on young people and sexuality, 6 out of 10 young people routinely watch pornographic videos or images online.
Pornography gives a distorted view of sexuality and can sometimes turn into a real addiction in young boys, especially the youngest ones.
This is a real risk given that
- 6 out of 10 young people usually watch porn videos or pictures
- 35% view them sometimes
- 28% often
We dealt with the speech in another article: “Unprotected relationships and pornography “
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