United Kingdom: Sex Health Frankness "Milestone"
March 9, 2010
A new government survey of more than 1,200 people ages 15-24 finds that most greatly value openness with their partners about sexual history and STD screening. In fact, this was perceived as a key milestone in a relationship. Even so, many respondents also said they would be too embarrassed to discuss such matters with a new partner.
In the Populus survey, 70 percent of respondents placed openness about STDs and sexual history above meeting the parents (66 percent) as a signal that the relationship will last. However, 73 percent said they did not talk about STDs before having sex with a new partner. A quarter were too embarrassed to discuss safe sex or how to prevent STDs and pregnancy, and 30 percent felt uncomfortable asking a new partner to use a condom.
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