Condensed from US News by Alan Mozes
About six in 10 sexually active single men in the United States are taking responsibility for birth control, government health officials say. When they have sex, these unmarried males are using a condom (45 percent), vasectomy, “withdrawal,” or a combination, according to a new report released Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the study, the researchers surveyed about 3,700 unmarried and sexually active men, aged 15 to 44. Read more:
An article written by Deborah Kotze for the Boston Globe on June 10th 2013 and condensed here, revealed that the HPV infection of throat cancer inflicted upon the actor Michael Douglas was a result of oral sex.
About 14,000 throat cancers are diagnosed every year in the US, and about 70 percent of those are related to HPV, the virus most known for causing cervical cancer and anal cancer.
Dr. Robert Haddad, chief of the center for head and neck surgery at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said “most of these people never smoked, don’t have heavy alcohol use, and often have young children,” which makes it a particularly devastating diagnosis for couples.
Researchers haven’t determined the reason for the quick rise in HPV throat cancers, but it may have something to do with a shift in cultural norms toward more promiscuity when it comes to oral sex, or a genetic alteration in the virus that has enabled it to multiply and grow on oral tissue.
Leslie Kantor, MPH, the national director of education initiatives at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, published this list:
When it comes to HIV, using a condom makes sex 10,000 times safer than not using a condom.
- There is no medical reason why someone can’t use a Condom.
- Condoms have been around a long, long time. The earliest known illustration of a man using a condom is a 12,000–15,000 year-old painting on the wall of a cave in France.
- One in four acts of vaginal intercourse is condom-protected in the US. It is one in three among single people.
- People who use condoms feel their experiences are just as pleasurable as people who don’t.
- Ninety-three percent of sexually active American women aged 15–44 have had a partner that used a male condom.
- Condom availability in places of need around the world is increasing significantly, with 25.8 million female condoms provided through international and nongovernmental funding sources in 2009.
- The condom is one of the most accessible and inexpensive forms of birth control available.
- The vast majority of American teens use a condom the first time they have sex.
- Only 39 percent of American high school students are taught how to correctly use a condom in their health classes. Programs that teach young people about abstinence as well as contraception, including condom use, help teens to delay first sex, and use condoms and other forms of contraception when they do have sex.
It is always best to communicate with your sexual partner about what you want and enjoy sexually. Safe sex is consensual sex.