A new survey shows that Canadian students continue to avoid condoms when it comes to sexual intercourse.
Trojan® Condoms conducted the survey along with The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada. The survey report, which was published on Tuesday, did show some alarming trends anyway. Even though the nationwide survey shows that 88 per cent students in Canada agree that general health is affected by sexual health, the statistical results on their sexual conduct are rather puzzling.
Twenty-seven per cent male students and 23 per cent female students admit that they have never been involved in any kind of sex, oral, anal or vaginal. Whereas, 72 per cent of college-going students did inform that they got engaged in sexual intercourse in 2012, only 51 per cent admit that they did it with a condom.
The Public Health Agency of Canada informed that there has been an increase in the rates of gonorrhoea and chlamydia during the last few years. Majority of these cases are reported to involve young people of the country who fall in the age group of 15-29 years. Seventy per cent gonorrhoea-infected people fall in that age group, while 80 per cent of chlamydia-infected people are also that young.
Almost half of the college students do not use a condom while they engage in sexual intercourse. This is an extremely dangerous trend as it can affect both birth control and the spread of various sexually transmitted infections.
College student who do use condoms admit that they do so more because of birth control and less for the prevention of STIs. Fifty-four per cent use it for birth control, while only 6 per cent use it to prevent themselves from STIs. The most striking revelation is that 56 per cent young Canadians did not feel concerned about STIs.
Alex McKay finds the survey results disappointing. He is the research coordinator at SIECCAN. Mr McKay said that the previous survey, which involved university students, showed similar results, but he had a hope that the situation would be better. He finds it disappointing that the young people are still not in favour of using condoms.
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