Monday, June 17, 2019
Home Health Trends show that fewer men are using condoms and STI rates are...

Trends show that fewer men are using condoms and STI rates are rising – this is the reason

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.

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Given these numbers, you'd think the guys would use plastic wrap and a rubber band before going out in the morning. Why then do not more men resort to their coverings at a time when they most need them? The reasons for sexual health are manifold. There is a lack of education about sex. There is the influence of no-condom pornography. There is a general sense of ambivalence and mistrust of public health recommendations, especially in low-income communities. There is also alcohol as always.

The guys I talked to were fun. "It feels much better if you do not wear a condom," says David, a 21-year-old student in Ohio who said he had sex without a condom in about 20 different casual relationships. The women he slept with often prefer it and agree that he does not use one. "I think they think it feels better," he said as I asked why women prefer not to use condoms. David asked me not to use his last name because he did not want his mother to know he did not use condoms. Maybe maternal motherhood is the best prophylaxis.)

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Angel, a Delray Beach, Florida teacher, single and late 30's, refrained from using condoms 15 years ago in favor of the naked approach. He acknowledges that it is "extremely dangerous," but is being tested regularly and has not contracted any disease, he says. "The thing is, I know it's not the smartest thing," Angel says, "but if you're in the moment and ready to leave, sometimes you do not think logically."

I think there are few people who have sex in their brains. I heard the same thing about syphilis.



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