Students are using condoms for birth control, less concerned about STI
TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - A newly-released survey conducted for the
makers of Trojan® Condoms found that students say they are taking their
sexual health seriously, with 88 per cent agreeing that their sexual
health contributes to their overall health and well-being.
The study found that almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of post-secondary
students across the country had a sexual encounter within the past year
and although 72 per cent of students engaged in intercourse during
their last sexual encounter, only about half (51 per cent) reported
using a condom. Students listed their main reason for using condoms as
birth control (54 per cent) followed by both birth control and STI
prevention (38 per cent) and STI prevention on its own (6 per cent).
The Trojan/SIECCAN Sexual Health Study, conducted by Leger Marketing,
surveyed 1,500 university students across Canada and was commissioned
by Trojan and developed in partnership with SIECCAN (The Sex
Information and Education Council of Canada). The goal was to gain
insight into the sexual health related experiences, knowledge and
behaviours of young adult Canadians and to determine priority areas
where their sexual health education needs improvement.
"We're seeing that about half of Canadian college and university
students are using condoms when they have sex," says Alex McKay, Ph.D.
and Research Coordinator at SIECCAN. "Rates of sexually transmitted
infection are high in the young adult age group so the results of this
study clearly show that there remains much more work to do in terms of
encouraging young people to better protect themselves against not only
unwanted pregnancy but especially STIs."
THE KNOWLEDGE GAP
In terms of the knowledge portion of the survey, despite 62 per cent
ranking their knowledge of sexual health as "excellent" or "very good,"
the majority of students (74 per cent) scored five out of ten or lower
on a sexual health knowledge quiz.
Students agree that their sexual health education could have been better
- 43 per cent ranked the sexual health education they received in high
school as fair or poor, and 20 per cent ranked the sexual health
information available on campus as fair or poor (with another 23 per
cent preferring not to answer). In addition, only 9 per cent have
completed a university level course focused on human sexuality and
almost two thirds (63 per cent) turn to the internet for most of their
information related to sexual health.
"The knowledge portion of the survey was developed with the aim of
testing students' knowledge of facts that young Canadian adults should
know in order to effectively protect and enhance their sexual and
reproductive health," said Alex McKay, Ph.D. and Research Coordinator
at SIECCAN. "The results are telling as they suggest that these
students haven't received the necessary sexual health education and
services from schools and health care providers for them to be well
Consistent with low concerns around contracting a Sexually Transmitted
Infection (STI) - (56 per cent reported they are not concerned), the
knowledge portion of the study found that over half (56 percent again)
were not aware that Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common
sexually transmitted infection in Canada.
If one message is getting through to students it's that condoms are
highly effective at preventing unplanned pregnancy. The vast majority
indicated the correct answer when asked how effective condoms are at
preventing unplanned pregnancy.
CONDOMS AND PLEASURE
The survey found that ratings of sexual pleasure for both males and
females in various types of relationships, with the exception of
females in "committed dating" relationships, were not significantly
different between those who did use a condom and those who did not.
"This is an exciting finding as it demonstrates that you can protect
yourself and your partner and still have great sex," says Robin
Milhausen, PhD and Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, who
is helping to analyze data from the survey. "Some young people have the
idea that using condoms will reduce sexual pleasure - but this study,
among other recent research, suggests that this is not necessarily the
case. It is critical that sexual education highlight the ways in which
condom use can be sexy, pleasurable and fun."
Other notable findings from the Trojan/SIECCAN Sexual Health Study
Around one-quarter (27 per cent of males and 23 of females) have never
had sex (oral, vaginal, anal).
Condoms and the pill are students preferred methods of contraception. 45
per cent of students said condoms were their preferred method of
contraception, and 38 per cent said it was the pill.*
Just over half (51 per cent) of students used condoms the last time they
23 per cent of students believe a vaccine is now available to prevent
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), with another 21 percent reporting
they don't know whether one exists or not.
Roughly two-thirds (67 per cent of males and 80 per cent of females)
report being happy or very happy with the sexual part of their lives.
More than one-third of respondents (34 per cent) described their most
recent sexual encounter within a casual relationship such as a
"hook-up," a "booty call" or involving a "friend with benefits."
*Out of those respondents who selected one preferred method of contraception
"We are proud to have partnered with SIECCAN to commission this survey
and release valuable insights that can be used to inform and improve
sexual health education and services for Canadian university students."
says Veronique Hamel, Director of Marketing and Development at Church &
Dwight Canada. "This demonstrates our commitment to bringing sexual
health to the forefront as we work to provide leading educational
resources and donations across the country to improve the overall
health of Canadians, and continue to develop condoms, lubricants, and
personal massagers that are reliable and revolutionary in terms of
delivering on pleasure."
ABOUT THE TROJAN/SIECCAN SEXUAL HEALTH STUDY
Data was collected between December 6, 2012 and January 2, 2013, by
Leger Marketing in partnership with Uthink Online, a market research
organization that specializes in students and youth. Participants were
Leger and Uthink research panelists, selected to meet sample
specifications (between ages of 18 and 24, currently enrolled in a
Canadian university). Provincial and age quotas were established based
on data from Statistics Canada in order to ensure representativeness of
university students across Canada.
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