Safe-Sex communication (3.5)

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Safe-Sex Communication Introduction o Not a realistic option for the majority of the population o Second best way is monogamous sex between two people who have been tested and found to be negative But key is monogamy – One cannot always count on their partner staying monogamous Also, a proper test can take up to 6 months o For these reasons, the latex condom is currently the best method of STD/AIDS protection for sexually active partners Safe/unsafe sex statistics o Average U.S. age for first sexual intercourse: 1990: 16.5 years old 28% report that se on first date is acceptable 2005: 15 years old o Average # of sex partners in last two months for 18-22 year old unmarried students: 1.06 Average of sexual partners in lifetime: 4.3 o 18-22 yr. old unmarried students are most likely group to: Be intoxicated before having (and during) sex Engage in multiple partnering (honestly or dishonestly) Thus, condoms are still important for this group o 30% of young adults have some type of STD o 25% of all new STD cases are transmitted between people < 20 yrs. Old o In U.S. and Australia, 32% of all new AIDS cases are transmitted between people 13-29 yrs. Old o Unprotected hetero sexual sex accounts for 71% of new AIDS cases o Despite all of this, condom use is not norm among college students o 18-22 yr. old unmarried students report having sex with a condom: Never – 14% - Resist condom-influence strategies most Sometimes - 58% - Resist condom-influence strategies moderately Every time - 28% - Resist condom-influence strategies the least Compared to men, women are less likely to report “every time” o Only 25% of college students engage in “use-condom” communication prior to sex Only 6% have AIDS-related discussions The safe-sex puzzle o As a population, college students are relatively well informed about the risks of unprotected sex o Public-health campaigns do increase students’ safe-sex knowledge o Condoms are inexpensive and easy to get
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o Puzzle: Despite knowledge about safe sex and risks, students actually use
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course COMM 101 taught by Professor Lieberman during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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