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28 Sep 2015
Despite more than 440,000 STI diagnoses made in the UK in 2014, a significant number of under 25s are still having unprotected sex. Under 25s are one of the most at-risk groups, with 15% admitting to having unprotected sex with at least two different partners in the last year.
As the risks are made abundantly clear and STI education continually offered by schools, organisations and the NHS, it is time to ask: why are people still not using condoms?
Even as at-risk individuals are educated about the effects of unprotected sex and STIs, it seems as though many do not view the infections as a threat. Many non-HIV STIs, including chlamydia and gonorrhoea, can be treated with a course of antibiotics when caught early enough. Access to the cure means that many do not fear the disease.
However, this can be a highly dangerous game to play as many STIs can remain symptomless for a prolonged period of time. And the longer an STI goes untreated, the more significant the repercussions.
Suggesting that the idiom ‘thinking with your penis’ may have some truth to it, reports have revealed that men’s decision-making is impaired when aroused. The ‘Heat of the Moment’ effect may be inhibiting men from making sensible safe sex decisions during foreplay and in the run up to sex.
Perhaps the most commonly used argument against using a condom is the perception that it reduces pleasure and makes it more difficult to orgasm. Condoms have even been cited as a cause for performance problems and difficulty maintaining an erection.
However, an article recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine revealedthat men who struggle to perform when wearing a condom also struggle without protection. This demonstrates an underlying erectile dysfunction rather than an aversion to condoms.
Additionally, Debby Herbenick, PhD. from MySexProfessor explains that condoms do not have any impact upon pleasure during intercourse or the ability to reach climax: "[People] are equally likely to experience orgasm with or without a condom, dispelling myths that condoms don't make for good sex.”
At Freedoms Shop, we stock a wide range of thinner condoms which have been specially developed to provide the ultimate sensation and pleasure during sex. Our sensitive condom range has been developed to offer the utmost protection without compromising sensation. For a wider selection of condoms and other safe sex products, visit our homepage, or call our dedicated team on 020 7685 5977.