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Sex is something that's supposed to be shared between two people, with both a physical and emotional connection typically necessary in order for a romp session to be good. However, it's also important to understand how trust between two sexual partners plays a critical role, too, with both sides knowing that they've practiced good sexual health.
Alarmingly, that doesn't seem like the case.
That's because a new study from Superdrug Online Doctor—who surveyed 1,000 Americans and 1,000 1,000 Europeans about their sexual behavior—unveiled the truth about risky sex, with the research focusing on frequency of using protection during sex, their concerns about unprotected sex and their willingness to openly engage with their partners about preventing sexually transmitted infections.
Here are some of their findings—which we should all be a little concerned with.
How Often Do You Have Unprotected Sex?
How Frequently You've Asked Your Sexual Partners To Get Tested?
Men vs. Women: Have You Asked Your Sexual Partners To Get Tested?
As the results show, in both the United States and in Europe, practicing safe sex doesn't seem to be a high priority—which is something that needs to change given the amount of casual, unprotected sex that frequently occurs for the 18-34-year-old demographic.
With an estimated 65 million Americans currently living with some sort of STD, per Analyte Health, 19 million new cases of STDs every year, 1 in 4 Americans will get an STD in their lifetime, 35 percent of Americans who have herpes do not know it, an estimated 90 percent of people who have gonorrhea in the throat and do not know it, and 80 out of 100 people infected with Hepatitis C who will develop chronic infection, these stats should be eye-opening and make us all want to change our bad sexual health habits.
So, what can be done? According to the Superdrug Online Doctor survey, it comes down to one simple thing: Communication.
Talking about STI and unwanted pregnancy prevention doesn’t have to put out the fire in a relationship. Open and honest communication about sexual health allows partners to quell fears and focus more on strengthening their sexual bond over time.
To see the full results, head on over to Superdrug Online Doctor.
Sex is supposed to be fun, so, together, let's be smarter in order to help decrease the amount of diseases being transmitted through sexual contact.
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