Safer sex?

Penis pictures via WhatsApp, half-naked selfies on Snapchat, loose comments – you would think that today’s youth knows all about sex that there is to know. But far from it: A recent study by LOVOO and the initiative ‘Jugend gegen AIDS e.V.’ (Youth against AIDS) that questioned 2.500 people has shown that we need to put a lot more effort in sexual education!

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More than a third of the youths between 16 and 21 has sexual relations without worrying about the consequences of unprotected intercourse. Almost 20% of guys are actually risking a possible paternity rather than using a condom. That their partner is taking a contraceptive pill seemingly seems to be protection enough.

What is worse however is that 34% of the respondents, both women as well as men, are completely forgoing protection when having sex with a new acquaintance and are therefore at risk to infect themselves with a sexually transmitted disease.

While a large percentage of the youths feels well-informed in sexual matters, every fourth person questioned said that they have no person of contact to speak about sex with. A whole 25% do not feel confident enough to speak with their partner about their sexual needs. A lack of confidence or a feeling of shame or uncertainty are mentioned as cause.

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One interesting fact became clear through the survey and needs solving: 43% of the questioned youths have admitted that communication about protection often is not given enough room in connection with the spontaneous meetings through apps like LOVOO. Between Match and date everything goes pretty fast. Protection and communication about protection is a subject that will be a focal point for us as well as for Youth against AIDS in the future.

“It is our goal to show, togehter with LOVOO, how many young people doubt themselves, their body and their relationship with it. To show how many questions still remain unanswered. Everyone thinks that they are well educated in sexual matters, but as soon as you scratch the surface a bit, it becomes clear that we still have a lot of work to do” – Daniel Nagel, Chairman of the Board at Jugend gegen AIDS.

All statements are the result of a shared study of Youth against AIDS e.V. and LOVOO. The survey about sexuality and knowledge among youths between the age of 16 and 21, and about intercourse and protection is the first of its kind in German-speaking countries.