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Condoms embarrass Brits

6th August 2007

A new survey by the Family Planning Association (FPA) has shown that one third of people in Britain think talking about using condoms is embarrassing.


One third of people will not bring up the subject and will fail to use a condom because of the embarrassment factor. Over 30% of the 2,169 adults who responded to the survey said they had regrets about failing to use a condom with a new partner.

Anne Weyman, chief executive of the FPA, said the question must be asked why, in the 21st century, "talking about using condoms is still embarrassing."

She said that the 30-50 year old age group still had difficulty bringing up the idea of using condoms. She thought this age group would benefit from safer sex campaigns.

She called people in their thirties "a forgotten generation" who were not given much sex education at school and commented: "It's not surprising that people can feel it's easier not to use a condom than put themselves through the torture of talking about a subject they feel deeply uncomfortable about."

According to recent statistics, rates of sexually transmitted infections are increasing. Cases of genital herpes rose by 9% to 21,698 in 2006, with chlamydia cases rising 4% to 113,585.

The FPA has put together a leaflet in order to encourage people to broach the subject of condoms with a new partner.


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Tuesday 28th August 2007 @ 15:34

I will never understand how this topic is an embarrassment. Surely going to the doctor with a STI because you haven't used a condom is more embarrassing than actually using or talking about using one?

My 16 year old niece has got herself a boyfriend, her dad did the right thing and told her he would get her some condoms... she got embarrassed. Now, is that a relief that she is not thinking about sex or is it embarrassment because he said 'condom'? I would rather hope it was because she wasn't thinking of sex!

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Article Information

Title: Condoms embarrass Brits
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3633
Date Added: 6th Aug 2007


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