No Diggity – More reasons why you should bag it up
By Victoria Saule
Because nothing is more of a boner killer than syphilis ...
Australian’s seem to have disregarded all the gems of wisdom in American Pie about the necessity of condoms according to a report from the Kirby Institute of UNSW.
The report revealed overall increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases around the country – with cases of Syphilis reaching an all-time high.
“We are seeing slow trends away from condom use. The decline in condom use is somewhat responsible for the rise in STIs in Australia,” said Associate Professor Wilson, lead author of the report.
The biggest influx was seen amongst gay men and indigenous Australians Wilson believes simply lack access to health care.
170 were diagnosed with Syphilis last year – a 34% increase since 2009.
100,000 Australians are living with Hepatitis B or C.
Although the number of people with Chlamydia declined, it remains the most prominent infection amongst Australians.
“We do not have the fear of death due to STIs or AIDs that we did in the past,” said Wilson.
However, 1000 Australians died of Hep B or C last year.
While not all STIs are fatal, side effects include infertility and increased risk of other, more life-threatening diseases such as cancer.
Wilson attributes the humble condom’s decrease in popularity to the quality of sex education in Australian schools.
"In school programs where condom education takes place, often children consider it to be quite clinical and scientific. It doesn't real relate to their own experiences of their sexual lives,"
We’ve all been there; no one can learn anything in a room permeated by the awkward friction between the middle aged PDHPE teacher talking about condoms, and their teenage audience suppressing the urge to make immature jokes.
"What we need to see is an integration between what sex is really about for young people, sex is about pleasure, enjoyment and intimacy.”
(Source: The ABC)