The first time I had sex without a condom, I was a college senior and was around six months with my girlfriend at the time. We had both been tested – I was clean because I had never had sex with anyone – and she was on the pill. It seemed to be relatively responsible. But while I found the experience pleasant, I also felt exposed to playing hockey without a cup or driving without a seatbelt. It was not satisfying enough that I wanted to drop condoms afterwards. Mostly, I appreciate what they do.
Surprisingly, my position puts me in the minority, as more and more men get along without condoms. The vast majority of boys do not use them often or long, Men's health Counselor for Sex and Relationships Debby Herbenick,
Health researchers at Indiana University, and most people do not use them after the age of 20. This is alarming given recent data from the CDC, which reports that sexually transmitted diseases are on the increase. In 2017, nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States, a record high.