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Female students have more sex partners: study

Female university students in Sweden have twice as many sex partners than they did ten years ago, according to a new survey by the student health service at Uppsala University, while condom use is on the decline.

The number of female students who have had a sexually transmitted disease has also doubled, the survey shows. Condoms are furthermore not as commonly used today with a new partner as they were a decade ago, according to a report in the local Upsala Nya Tidning daily.

“The development is worrying. To be able to break the trend of an increasing number of young women being infected by some sexually transmitted disease, more must demand that their partners use a condom,” said Tanja Tydén, a professor in health sciences at Uppsala University, to the newspaper.

The survey is carried out at five year intervals among female students who have visited Studenhälsan, the student health service at Uppsala University.

The survey shows that in 2009 female students had had an average of 11 sexual partners, more than double as many in comparison to those visiting the health clinic ten years before.

Over the same period the proportion who used a condom with a new sex partner had declined from 60 to 49 percent.

In 2009 almost a third of students had had chlamydia, genital warts or some other sexually transmitted disease, double the number of a decade ago.

The study has been published in the Acta Obsetrica et Gynecologica Scandinavica journal.

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Swedes ‘like it hot’: Erotic audiobooks all the rage

The number of Swedes listening to audiobooks has nearly doubled in just two years and a big part of the explosive growth is driven by an insatiable desire for erotic tales and romance novels.

Swedes 'like it hot': Erotic audiobooks all the rage
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Broadcaster SVT reported on Wednesday that 37 percent of the Swedish population listened to an audiobook last year, a marked increase over the 20 percent who did the same in 2016. 
 
While audiobook streaming services report that all categories of audiobooks have seen increased listenership, certain types of books are clearly leading the way. 
 
“Amongst the listening public, genres such as romance, ‘feel good’ novels and eroticism are growing. We are thus seeing increased demand [from listeners] as well as an increase in the number of publishers who are putting out these types of books,” Anna Riklund, the head of content curation at audiobook streaming service Bookbeat, told SVT. 
 
She said that the growing number of Swedes who want to listen to racy novels has led several publishers to launch imprints that focus exclusively on erotic literature. 
 
Audiobook streaming service Storytel also reported increased interest in erotic and romance novels, particularly among female listeners. Listener numbers peak around Valentine’s Day and during the hot summer months. 
 
Author Susanne Ahlenius, whose erotic novels include titles such as ‘Climax’ and ‘Lust 2.0’, said that the audiobook format is perfect for fans of the genre. 
 
“You don’t have to sit with a paperback that shows what you are reading. No one knows what you’re listening to,” she told SVT. 
 
Ahlenius said that her books are most successful when she “writes very explicitly and there is a lot of sex”. 
 
“People like it hot,” she said. 
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