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More opt for condom-free sex

Published tisdag 24 maj 2016 kl 11.24
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A survey suggests Swedes are using condoms less, and one expert says a reason might be young people's misconceptions about being seen as considerate.

"Many men are skipping the condom, not because they are drunk or irresponsible. It's more like they're in love, and they want to show somebody that they're able to have sex. There are more positive emotions than not caring about the other person," Pelle Ullholm, a sex educator at the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), a non-profit organisation that promotes sexual and reproductive health and which makes condoms.

RFSU presented the findings of its annual survey Tuesday. Ullholm told Radio Sweden that the use of condoms when someone sleeps with a new partner fell from 48 percent to 43 percent in the last five years.

"We have seen a long-term trend towards more (individuals) using condoms with new partners, but now that trend has been broken, even if it is not a dramatic change," Ullholm had told Swedish Radio news.

Respondents also reported that they thought other people who use condoms are "responsible" and "mature." But they didn't use those descriptions for their own personal condom use.

Ullholm said he thinks there should be a larger effort to educate men about sex, health, and gender. He says that while women regularly get information about sex from the gynecologist, there is no equivalent for young men.

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