Last year the Center for Sexual Health and Promotion at Indiana University released a devastating chart about the use of condoms by age group. The stats, which I admit I’m not that surprised by, show that young teens ages 14 – 17 were the most likely age group to use condoms while having sex. Men were 79.1 percent more likely, and women were 56.1 percent more likely to practice safe sex.
But as the chart shows, as you teens became adults, the prevalence of condom usage became increasingly smaller. Men were 29.3 percent more likely to use condoms between the ages of 25 and 34, where as women were 23.8 percent.
Nearly a 50 percent drop in men and a 30 percent drop in women? It leads me to ask whose responsibility it is to really be carrying around protection. It’s a bit scary to learn that teenagers, who are least (well, for maybe not) sexually active are the smartest in terms of sexual behavior. It’s relatively clear that as we get older that good ole sex education that we learned in high school goes right out the window. Smh.
I admit, I think both sexes should carry around condoms, but how realistic is that? If I man I was dating was carrying around condoms would I think him extremely smart and forward thinking? Or would I shun him for seemingly only to be thinking of sex?
The same questions go for a woman. Men, if a girl you were seeing was carrying around condoms, would you think she was a breath of fresh air, or a whore?
It’s definitely a case where double standards seem like they may play a role.
But what do you think? Should you carry condoms or would you be surprised if someone of the opposite sex is carrying them?