Australians Have "Hit-and-Miss" Approach to Sex
January 15, 2009
Half of Australians who use condoms as their main form of contraception are not using them consistently, and 12 percent of women using oral contraceptives miss taking a pill at least once a month, according to an online survey from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.
Three percent of respondents said they had experienced negative side effects related to contraceptives, and many had a "vague" understanding of contraceptive methods, said Mitic.
"They also had very little knowledge of the wide range of contraceptives available -- many had never even heard of some of the options that were listed in the survey such as injections, implants, IUDs [intrauterine devices] or natural family planning methods," Mitic explained.
Almost 600 people older than 18 have taken the anonymous survey, which will remain online until next month at www.rmit.edu.au/psychology/contraceptive-experiences-project.
Australian Associated Press
01.13.2009; Danny Rose
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.