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Fewer young Swedes use condoms: report

TT/The Local/pvs · 30 Aug 2011, 07:19

Published: 30 Aug 2011 07:19 GMT+02:00

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"Many people regard condoms only as a protection from pregnancy and if a woman is taking the pill or has another form of protection then it is considered sufficient," Maria Bergström of the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (Riksförbundet för Sexuell Upplysning – RFSU) told the Dagens Nyheter daily.

Bergström said that many run the risk of a sexually transmitted disease instead of the perceived embarrassment of raising the issue of a condom.

"Not everyone thinks that it is a big deal to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease."

RFSU's survey, published on Tuesday, indicates that attitudes to sexually transmitted diseases have changed in recent years.

Bergström expressed concern that many young Swedes have not fully considered the consequences of having unprotected sex, such as that women can become infertile from chlamydia.

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The survey also indicates that around 25 percent of 20-35 women have never tested themselves for STD infection and every fifth man stated that they didn't know where to go for a test.

RFSU is running a prominent campaign to encourage the use of condoms with detailed information over the most commonly contracted diseases and other tips and advice for enjoying a healthy sex life.

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10:57 August 30, 2011 by darky
Sex is sweet. Condoms are boring. Health care is subsidized. Why bother using a condom which will reduce the sensation??
11:36 August 30, 2011 by Lemon1987
"Every other Swede aged 25 to 35-years-old opts not to use a condom when having sex with a new partner, a new survey shows,".....and the winner is Jullian Assange?( Rhetorhic question)
11:51 August 30, 2011 by riose
RFSU is the worst condom brand ever!
13:45 August 30, 2011 by thatsjustme

because aids can be a very sad, slow and painful death
15:18 August 30, 2011 by EP
Most Swedes are aware only of chlamydia I guess (given that someone in Sweden there is a new infection every 15 minutes). Easily treatable so they probably reckon all other STIs are easily treatable. Wonder if they get herpes whether they'll think like that too they'll be stuck for live with that one
16:41 August 30, 2011 by Svensksmith
Gonna be more young Swedes.
19:46 August 30, 2011 by Grokh
maybe the people who did the survey are in long term relationships and dont go out on dates nonstop and have sex with everyone?
21:11 August 30, 2011 by Njal

That was the exact same callous logic used by Johnson Aziga (not a natural Canadian), to knowingly give his sexual partners AIDS. Two of these women have already died because of this, and Aziga's useless ass is here in Canada costing tax payers for his keep, while killing Canadian women (which is now an accurate term with regards to his actions as now enshrined by Canadian law). Johnson Aziga 'sharing' his culture with those lucky women.

PS- are you actually Swedish, or a Swedish citizen?
21:59 August 30, 2011 by dizzymoe33
NO GLOVE, NO LOVE!!!!!! That should be everyone's motto when it comes to sex!!!
00:18 August 31, 2011 by wxman
It's the same reason as it has always been the same reason. It's about feeling, and when it comes to sex, it's all about the feeling. Nothing will change.
03:40 August 31, 2011 by CamCurrie
Njal: why would your last question be relevant? Is unprotected sex Swedish? And the case you mention is actually irrelevant; the first response was about sensation: anyone who's had good sex knows it's better without the condom. Do you disagree?
05:01 August 31, 2011 by pozguy
Condom is a must on sex. Because of the unsafe s-e-x,I have STD and I feel I am alone in the world. But it's said 1 in 4 have herpes, so i joined HerpesMate dot com to find my love. Is there any one same with me?
05:32 August 31, 2011 by Njal
CamCurrie- Darky is telling us of his belief/justification for not needing to wear a condom, (i.e. subsidized healthcare, he doesn't find it comfortable boo hoo, how comfortable is aids, as a previous poster pointed out).

"And the case you mention is actually irrelevant" - perhaps we can have that engraved on their tombstones, Johson Aziga's not wearing a condom was irrelevant, nor a direct result of your deaths. So I guess the multi-billions (trillions?) of dollars we've spent the world over (this article included & to say nothing of the deaths) to try to educate people, who don't know each other and want to have sex together, to wear a bloody condom. But i'm sure you,re right as to relevance.

As for the releveance of my last question: Johnson Aziga was a Canadian citizen who did not feel he fit in (i.e. just held citizenship, but born and raised under a totally different value system, Uganda I think, Originalblackman r u there?). This is what allowed his conciousness to overide the nasty nagging in his mind that told him his actions were wrong, and harm those women in satisfaction of his lust was alright). He felt no connection to the country that took him, nor any need for 'right-action' (i.e. disclosure of his condition to those women, not once, but 5 times. Perhaps he was 'wrestling with his conciousness' for 5 times in a row). Whether YOU are prepared to accept this or not, not all people of other cultures have the same ideas about sexual relationships. So in answer to your question: I wanted Darky's obviously callous statement (to say it isn't is a cop-out), was coming from an actual Swedish person, not someone who holds a bit of paper saying he is Swedish.

Yes I agree, sex is better without, but not safer, and certainly not irrelevant yes?
20:48 September 2, 2011 by wxman
It's necessary to protect one's self from disease, but when it comes to pleasure, you may as well jerk off than wear a condim.
01:06 September 4, 2011 by visitedonce
Interesting conversation. However, in regards to the topic of the article, it only carries weight if there is medical proof that condoms actually prevent the transmission of the most common STDs. If you think that condoms stop herpes, HPV, chlamydia, trichomonas, you are sorely mistaken. If you think I am wrong ask this question of your health officials:

"How much do condoms reduce the transmission of ______ disease?"

If you get an answer like any of the following, that means there is no scientific data supporting their contention. a) " Condoms aren't perfect." b) "They are better than nothing." c) "It depends on whether they are used correctly." d) "The effectiveness rate is not important; using them is important."

Science is about numbers. If your health officials cannot give you a number, they are trying to manipulate you based on 'wishful thinking," not scientific analysis. The National Institutes of Health did multiple studies and admitted lack of epidemiological data to support use of condoms, except for HIV reduction. HIV is less than 1% of all STD infections.
18:48 September 14, 2011 by herejustforthecomment
visitedonce - I cannot believe you said that condoms are ineffective. Yes you can still get STDs while you are using a condom but the rate of getting them is so much lower than not using them. There are national reports in the U.S. - abstinence only education tells students that condoms don't work (like you are saying) - so guess what! They don't use them. Consequently those states have the highest teen pregnancy and STD rates. Guess why the STD rates are going up in Sweden? Because people aren't using condoms.

No they are not perfect but they are a whole lot better than not using them. So I guess you don't use them - enjoy your STDs.
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