The naughty by numbers: Our bad sex habits are killing us

Would you swim in someone else’s pool wearing a dirty swimsuit? Jump out of another’s airplane without a parachute?

Maybe when it comes to sex we should ditch the metaphors in favor of straight talk: How many of you would make naughty cheating sex with your/an unprotected penis and then do the same with your partner? Of course not.

Well nearly a third of us are lying, apparently.

That’s how many people in committed relationships fessed up to not using condoms when they get down with their kik or paid professional, according to the Disease Prevention Control Dept.

An alarming statistic in a nation not famous for strict observations of monogamy.

The recently completed survey was conducted during November in the run-up to World AIDS Day this past Sunday. Respondents answered questions about HIV/AIDS and their sexual habits.

Thailand is making a renewed push to increase public awareness of the disease in hope of reducing new cases and mortality down to zero, according to Cherdkiat Klaewkasikit, a department director.

Part of the problem is getting people talkin’ about their business.

Although half – 52 percent – of respondents said they knew about their partners’ past sex lives, only 31 percent were confident their significant others were taking precautions (another Theuphemism for using rubbers) to avoid introducing virulent death into their loving relationship.

An impressive 62 percent boldly went on the record to proclaim they intend to only have sex with their partner, and not other people.

All that is fine and well, but it’s the 29 percent of people surveyed who admitted they liked In a further fit of honesty, 54 percent said they have the capacity to say “no” when sex is offered but protection withheld. None of the statistics was broken down by gender, but we have a pretty good idea which half can’t turn down sex.

Fortunately, nearly half of those surveyed said they keep a condom at the ready (47 percent) and more than half have been tested for HIV infection. (56 percent)

About three out of four said they were aware that Thailand made available HIV/AIDS medicine to anyone, but only 39 percent were aware that using antiviral medications could lower the risk of transmission.

The survey also evaluated attitudes toward the disease. Most – 77 percent – said they would tell their family if infected, with 49 percent saying they knew someone with the disease.

Hard attitudes still remain however, with 14 percent saying they would avoid HIV/AIDS patients, and 4 percent admitting to feelings of “disgust” toward them, Khaosod reported.


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