Now, a survey of 2,000 Americans and Europeans from Superdrug Online Doctor, an online pharmacy in the U.K., provides further support for that trend. About 65 percent of people reported having unprotected sex, and of that group, nearly 30 per cent of them never use a condom during sex, the survey found.
That’s a problem: STD rates are higher than ever – but consistently using a condom correctly is nearly 100 per cent effective at preventing transmission of diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Plus, STDs aren’t the only thing you might worry about. When used correctly, condoms also help prevent unintended pregnancies, the CDC says. Yet, of the study participants who said they’d be “devastated” by a pregnancy, 1 in 5 of them engaged in unprotected sex every time. So even though they desperately want to avoid a pregnancy, they aren’t taking the measures to avoid it.
So if condoms can help you avoid nasty infections and premature fatherhood, why have men stopped using them?
There are a couple of theories, says Dr Debby Herbenick, a sex researcher at Indiana University. Younger guys often view condoms as just a birth control method, and might be unaware of how important they are for STD prevention. On top of that, many guys are influenced by porn, where condoms are hardly ever worn, she explains.
If you’re currently having casual sex with multiple people, you’re better off wrapping up with a rubber until you feel comfortable with your partner, Herbenick says. Once you’re in a long-term relationship – and pregnancy is the only concern – talk to your partner about looking into other effective birth control methods if you can’t stand the way condoms feel.
This article was originally published on MensHealth.com