The number of young people having unprotected sex in the West has risen sharply over the past two years, a survey said, with health professionals concerned the safe sex message is falling on deaf ears.
The study showed particularly
sharp increases among sexually active teenagers in the United States and
in European countries such as France who were failing to use
contraception with a new partner.
In the United States, the percentage rose from 38 percent in 2009 to
53 percent now, while France saw an increase from 19 percent to 40
The survey to mark World Contraception Day also discovered that
Thailand is a particular cause for concern because as many of 62 percent
of young Thais have had unprotected sex with a new partner.
But the figure was above 50 percent in countries as diverse as China, South Korea, Norway and Estonia.
The study highlights that across Europe, the Asia-Pacific region,
Latin America and the United States, the most common reason for not
using contraception is a lack of preparedness for sexual activity.
Up to a third of young people in those regions said they did not have any form of contraception available when at the time of intercourse.
Jennifer Woodside of the International Planned Parenthood Federation said: "What the results show is that too many young people
either lack good knowledge about sexual health, do not feel empowered
enough to ask for contraception or have not learned the skills to
negotiate contraceptive use with their partners to protect themselves
from unwanted pregnancies or STIs (sexually transmitted infections)."
Source: Tanya Thomas, MedIndia, 27 September 2011
and what is the study Tanya ???