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Stay safe in the bedroom

When was the last time you had unprotected sex? A new study has revealed that a whopping 70 per cent of single women regularly practice unprotected sex, raising concerns over the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, or STIs.

Carried out in the UK, the study looked at 2,000 single women aged between 18 and 40, and found that seven out of 10 respondents regularly practice unprotected sex. In fact, the average single woman has had unprotected sex 11 times with a total of four different male partners.

According to the study, trust is at the crux of our decision to have sex without protection with one in five women stating they trust their sexual partners will not infect them with an STI. More alarmingly, 18 percent of responders confessed to being too drunk to use protection on the occasions that they’ve slept with partners unprotected, whilst eight percent admitted they simply don’t like wearing condoms.

Dr Tony Steele, one of the founders of the online pharmacy and prescriptions service who conducted the study, is particularly concerned about single women’s behaviour when on holiday.

“Women meet men on holiday who are complete strangers,” he says. “They may know almost nothing about the men they meet, and having sex without contraception is a sure-fire way to increase the chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection.”

But where you might be forgiven for thinking that it’s the younger women in the age bracket that might be more prone to catching STIs, the survey revealed that it’s those aged 30 to 40 who run the highest risk. According to the poll, one in 10 women age 30 and older reported feeling embarrassed about addressing safe sex with a new partner.

“The issue of contraception should be dealt with by both parties, but women need to protect themselves, even when men are not playing their part,” Dr Steele said.

“The consequences of not using contraception for both unwanted pregnancy and for STIs can be huge.”

Whilst the research was carried out in the UK, it raises concerns that are just as applicable to single women in Australia, where rates of chlamydia have quadrupled in the last 10 years.

What about you? Do you regularly practice unprotected sex? Do you struggle to have an honest conversation about safe sex with new partners? How do you approach the subject? Use the comments box below to share your experiences.

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