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Weekly Links Roundup 2/16/12 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education

   

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for our ONE® Condoms weekly links roundup. ONE® is here to keep you in the know and up to date with all news relating to condoms, safe sex, and sex education. 

During this #nationalcondomweek, how will you be spreading the safe sex message? Will you be sharing where you wore it during your last sexual experience?

Please submit additional links we might have missed regarding sex and relationships.

Condoms

AIDS activists launch million-condom tour in Venice Beach

NYC’s ‘Condom Finder’ App’s Valentine’s Upgrade

Are Condoms Restricting the Flow of the Adult Film Industry in Los Angeles?

Condoms trend on Valentine’s Day

Free condom program in Keys promotes safe sex

California initiative offers free condoms to reduce transmission of STDs

National Condom Week aims to educate

National Condom Week: ‘Where did you wear it?’

'International Condom Day' 2012

Catholics, Condoms and the Separation of Church and State

Safe Sex

Group opens dialogue to recognize safe sex methods

New safe sex campaign aims to lower Nunavik’s “alarming” STI rates

National Condom Day encourages safe sex

Thai NGO advocates safe sex in Bangkok red-light districts

Truckers are savvy about safe sex

Irish students fail to grasp safe sex message according to new SHAG week survey

'Tekkin Charge' on Valentine's Day

Sex Education

Does sex ed keep girls from becoming teen moms?

Sex education: far from decent

Let Utah voters, not lawmakers, decide on sex education for their kids

City sex education text targets families

Teachers urged to address porn factor

Let’s talk about sex

Weekly Links Roundup 2/3/12 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education
Anal Sex More Popular Than Expected Among Heterosexual Couples

 

Anal intercourse among heterosexual couples under the age of 45 is on the rise in the the United States, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

The report, entitled “Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction and Sexual Identity in the United States polled thousands of people aged 15 to 44 from 2006 to 2008. The study revealed that 44% of heterosexual men and 36% of heterosexual women admitted to engaging in anal sex at some point in their lives. It is possible that the rates for heterosexual men  and women engaging in anal sex is slighting higher in 2012 due to this upward trend.

The rise in popularity of anal intercourse, according to a piece by Pasadena College Gender Studies Professor Hugo Schwyzer, is due to its “frequent appearance in both heterosexual porn and mainstream media as well as an increased pressure from heterosexual male partners.”

Women of generation Y and Z have been slated with expectations of displaying their sexiness at a very young age and are held to standards that previous generations did not endure. Anal intercourse can symbolize both the willingness to please the partner and the persistence to push through potential pain. Anal sex, according to Schwyzer, is the “most selfless of common sexual acts” due to the the amount of pain the recipient can receive during the act. Many sources question the pleasurability of this act for women.

Is this growing popularity of anal intercourse a demonstration of a young woman to prove her devotion to a guy? Is it creating an emphasis placed on a woman’s performance rather than on their own pleasure?

ONE Condoms supports the freedom of expression and the freedom of choice particularly when it comes to sexual behavior and sexual identity. A portion of every ONE Condoms sales goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

You can read more on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s report here.

Do you find that anal sex is both pleasurable for you and your partner and do you think that the popularity of these acts will grow more in the future?

Weekly Links Roundup 12/30/11 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education
Latest Teenager Trend - Multi-Person Sex ?


A recent Boston University Study has found 1 in 13 teenage girls have reported engaging a multi-person sex experience. Many respondents to the survey felt pressured into initiating a multi-person sex experience by the influence of boyfriends who have been watching pornography.

The average age of girls partaking in multi-person sex was just 15.6 years old, under the age of legal consent in all U.S. states (the most common being 16 years old). Disturbingly, nearly 50% of those who had multi-person sex reported their partners not using condoms. 

This raises serious concerns over the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and education efforts to encourage informed sexual health decision making among teenagers. There is clearly a major influence of pornography on teenagers. Out of those who engaged in multi-person sex, 50% did things their partners say in porn first.  

Porn seems to be influencing the sexual behavior of these teens. As we said in last weeks post entitled "Porn to Replace Sex Education? A Call for Mandatory Condom Use", sex positive behavior in porn is a must. A problem certainly exists since some youth think “Growing up, watching porn – that’s sort of where you get your grasp of what’s normal and what’s not.” Teenagers deserve quality sex education to encourage healthy and well informed decision making. 

ONE® Condoms urges everyone to make informed sexual health decisions to prevent the spread of harmful diseases. We donate a portion of all profits to AIDS/HIV education both domestically & abroad. Keep yourself protected with ONE® Condoms.


Weekly Links Roundup 12/23/11 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education
America’s Sexual Health Problem

A recent study has found that the majority of Americans don’t use condoms. The study found that 6 out of 10 (60%) men and women didn’t use any form of protection against HIV/AIDS when they lost their virginity. The study examined the sexual habits of 26,000 people in 26 countries and found the U.S. to be behind in condom use. 

The justification of this risk taking is that 49% of respondents said they were confident their sexual partner was free of any STI. Despite this confidence, 20% of those in a relationship admitted they were unsure of their partner’s sexual history. After the act, nearly 24% of all U.S. women say the lack of condom use was a mistake that they regretted.

One way to expel these risky sexual behaviors is to enhance efforts to educate teens about safe sex well before they have become sexually active. Since, nearly half of all high school teenagers have had sex already, it is time to start introducing safe sex practices earlier. 

This study has highlighted how important it is to continue to foster sex positive education programs to make sexually active Americans of all ages aware of all the possible risks.

ONE® Condoms directly supports sexual education efforts and universal positive condom use. A portion of every ONE® Condoms purchase goes to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

Weekly Links Roundup 12/9/11 - Safe Sex, Condoms, Sex Education

Fridays mean it’s time for our weekly post on safe sex, condoms, and sex education. At ONE® Condoms we’re here to bring you up to speed with the latest in the sexual health world to keep you healthy and safe. Stay protected this holiday season with ONE® Condoms.

                                  

Safe Sex

Talking to your teen about sexually transmitted infections

Call her the ‘Safe Sex’ Easter Bunny!

More Sex is Safe Sex – The High School Edition Part II

Removal of condom dispensers in ASU dorms leads to debate over safe-sex promotion

Kelly Rowland promotes safe sex initiative

No Author is Safe from the Bad Sex Prize

It’s World Aids Day and Bollywood is Asking You to Practice Safe Sex!

A Campaign Inspiring People For Safe Sex During Christmas Season

Teen Sex Is Bad For The Brain… If You’re A Hamster

Stockholm County Aids Prevention Programme

Condoms

World AIDS Day 2011: 100000 Condoms for South African Clinics

US: No to over-the-counter morning-after pill

World AIDS Day 2011: One Catholic’s Musings on Hope

iCondom - Staying Alive

Costco - ONE® Condoms Tantric Pleasures

AIDS group seeks Los Angeles referendum on porn star condom use

Martha Stewart on condoms, size

To Mark World AIDS Day, the British Government Pledges 5 Million Pounds

Sex Education

Sex Education Just Might Save Lives, So Why Aren’t More Kids Getting It?

Sweating a Sex Education Class for Fathers and Sons

New book addresses sex education, relationships for people with autism

Researchers Find that Abstinence-Only Sex Education Causes More Pregnancies

World’s First Sex School to Teach Practical Lust Lessons

S.Africa ponders sex education for 10-year-olds

            

Friday Links Roundup 12/2/11 - Safe Sex, Condoms, Sex Education

Happy Friday fellow sexual health advocates! Today ONE brings you a Links Roundup on the most relevant stories surrounding the world of sexual health over the past week. It’s our commitment to keep you in the know and help keep you sexually protected.

ONE donates a portion of each sale to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad. So stay safe through the weekend, and although World AIDS Day has ended, remember the beginning of ending AIDS starts with you!

Safe Sex


Safe sex among city youth (with video)

More Sex is Safe Sex – The High School Edition, Part I

Health Classes That Focus on Testing Promote Sex Among Teens

Rules are Different for Men and Women in India When it Comes to Sex

Contraception Rightly Empowers Young People to Have Safe Sex

Condoms on June 2012 Ballot? Porn Initiative Inches Closer

Seattle ranks high for safe sex

Kelly Rowland promotes safe sex initiative

Safe Sex Commandments

City Promotes Safe Sex for World AIDS Day

Bollywood Preaches Safe Sex on World AIDS Day

Condoms

             

LA porn condom initiative moves closer to ballot

When He Won’t Wear a Condom (World AIDS Day Edition)

Glowing dress made of condoms getting glowing remarks from fashion experts

Celebrate Indonesian Condom Week 2011

Beware Of PETA Members Dressed As Giant Condoms Today

World AIDS Day: 10 tips for using a condom

Giant Condom for World AIDS Day

Condoms With Teeth Fight Rape in South Africa

Pope Benedict is still not doing enough in the fight against AIDS

30 Years of AIDS: 6200 Iconic Posters, 100 Countries, 1 Collector

Sex Education

           

Online Tool Teaches Indonesians Sex Education

Sex Ed Issue Revives School Board 24–DOE Dispute

Americans, Britons and Canadians Disagree on Sex Education

Sex education films cause unease among British parents

Abstinence-only sex education doesn’t work, say UGA researchers

Let’s talk about sexual health: the 8th EPSA Autumn Assembly

Barbara Herrick: GOP stance on sex ed unrealistic

Testosterone Overloaded ‘Macho’ Men More Likely to Practice Safe Sex

      

In a recent study conducted at the University of Michigan, testosterone loaded guys aged 18 and 19 were found to have a more accepting attitude towards condoms and safe sex practices than low-testosterone males. High testosterone levels are linked to boldness, confidence, and high risk life choices. These results are the first to demonstrate a link between higher testosterone levels and less risk-taking in any domain to date.

According to researcher Sari van Anders, “safe sex behaviors and people who engage with them can be seen in a negative light. The ‘social risk’ of insisting on using a condom might require more boldness and confidence than having unprotected sex.” The new findings reveal that safe sex could feel like a riskier move than unprotected sex does to men.

The study consisted of 78 men answering questions about their health, sexual activity, and attitudes towards condom use. Each man provided a saliva sample to measure testosterone levels. 

The results revealed that men with higher testosterone levels had more positive attitudes about safe sex than lower-testosterone men. It’s possible that men get an ego boost (and testosterone boost) from safe-sex practices since it signifies them as knowledgeable about sex and bumps up their social status. Although this study was focused just on attitudes, actual behavioral research is in the works to see whether the testosterone-safe sex link holds up behaviorally.

ONE Condoms will be tracking the development of this research as more findings come to light. ONE wants to make condoms as socially acceptable as toothpaste and safe sex as second nature as wearing a seatbelt. ONE Condoms donates a portion of each sale to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

So, tell us fellas. Do you think you high T levels make more accepting of safe sex practices?