Weekly Links Roundup 3/2/12 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education
It’s Friday again ONE Condoms supporters and when Friday rolls around it’s time for ONE’s weekly links roundup! Below you’ll find news stories from the last week regarding condoms, safe sex, and sex education. Be sure to check out the developments in mandatory condom use for porn actors, QR Condoms, and the “Study Sex College Tour,” all of which have been rocking the sexual health world this past week.
If you’d like to share any additional stories we may have missed please leave them in the comments. We’d love to hear what else is going on in spreading safe sex awareness.
Condoms In Porn Petition: Los Angeles County Measure Could Make It To November
Condom users make big mistakes that can lead to pregnancy, STDs
Women’s Condom Use Drops During 1st Year of College
QR Codes on Condoms: ‘Check-Ins’ Let You Share Your Safe Sex
Money Seems to Matter for Teen Girls, Condoms
China enforces new condom rule
Zac Efron Earns a Boy Scout Safe Sex Badge
Program Increases Safe Sex Practices in Latina Women
Condom use 101: Basic errors are so common, study finds
Sex education should be a joint responsibility of parents, teachers
'Study Sex College Tour' makes Sex Ed cool, prioritizes pleasure
Utah Will Be Damned if Sex Ed Classes Teach About Anything Sex-y
Seniors and sex: Education important at any age
Condom Campaign Encourages Users to Share Where They Did It
In today’s digital age, you’re likely to share a lot about your personal life online already. Now, you can also “check in” when you have sex!
The Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) established a program that allows you to share with the world when and while you’re practicing safe sex. The PPGNW, in observation of National Condom Week, distributed 55,000 condoms with QR codes on them. QR are scannable barcodes that take you to the wheredidyouwearit.com (WDYWI), where you can report your protected sex sessions’ location.
PPGNW says “it’s like Foursquare for people who don’t want a sexually transmitted infection.” The Where Did You Wear IT site has an interactive map that pinpoints your exact location of where you did it. It does not share any of your personal information either. The website is searchable by gender, orientation, age, location, relationship status, the reason for using condoms, and the quality of the sex.
The campaign has taken off. People from 48 states and 6 continents have reported where they did it. You don’t have to have a QR condom to participate. You can check in directly without a QR specific condom too.
The goal of Where Did You Wear It is clear. It is to promote safe sex and to universalize condom use into common and preferred behavior. According to PPGNW’s media coordinator, “we hope the site promotes discussions within relationships about condoms and helps to remove perceived stigmas that some people may have about condom use.”
Data also suggests that many people do n’t know how to use a condom correcty A Sexual Health journal study released last month found many user errors. The PPGNW campaign looks to spread more information to its user to encourage safe sex behviors. PPGNW is targeting college aged students and millennials who are comfortable with social media and who are proud to share they wore protection.
ONE Condoms supports initiatives that spread safe sex messages and encourage people to make healthy and safe choices when it comes to their sexual health. ONE Condoms want to make condoms as socially acceptable as toothpaste and safer sex as second nature as wearing a seat belt. A portion of every ONE Condoms sale goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.
Are you willing to share where you practiced safe sex with the world and spread the safe sex message?
Condoms : How to Avoid Common User Errors
Condoms are 99% effective at preventing pregnancies and STI’s. This is of course, only if you use them properly.
50 studies recently gathered 14 countries during the years between 1995 and 2011 have been analyzed by the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (KICURT). These studies highlight a number of user inflicted condom errors. Some of the mistakes include using a sharp object to open the packet, putting a condom on too late or by taking it off too early.
These studies found that between 17 and 51.1 % of people put a condom on after sex has already begun and between 13.6 and 44.7 % percent said that they take it off too early. Even at the lowest outliers, 13 % of people is still too many in ONE’s mind. These studies also found that up to 45.7 percent of men surveyed did not leave space at the tip of the condom for semen.
Studies regarding condom efficacy are commonplace however much attention has not been given to how consistently and properly condoms are used by their user. ONE Condoms wants all of our users to safely and properly know how to use a condom. Included in every ONE Condoms packet are detailed instructions on how to properly use a condom. Here’s how to use condoms correctly.
First, handle with care. You should always remember to store condoms in a cool, dry place. Condoms don’t like extreme temperatures. Also, do not use if expired. Tear open the package carefully. Do not use your fingernails, teeth or anything that could damage the condom. Make sure to push the condom away from the foil notch when you are going to tear. Once out of the package, roll the condom on with your fingers before any sexual contact. Remember to pinch the receptacle tip of the condom between your thumb and forefinger. This prevents air from becoming trapped at the tip of the condom and allows space for semen. Use the condom during the entirety of your sex session. Using lubricant will reduce the risk of your condom breaking also. Once finished, hold the base of the condom after withdrawal.
Remember condoms are only effective if used properly. ONE Condoms keeps you protected and informed from harmful and unwanted diseases. Many infections could be avoided by improved user effectiveness. A portion of every ONE Condoms sale goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.
Stay safe and use ONE everytime.
Friday Links Roundup 2/23/12 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education
Controversial Condom Campaign to Deliver Free Condoms to Teens
A new federally funded program is delivering free condoms to teenagers in many California counties. The orders are taken online and delivered straight to the teens’ homes in a nondescript envelope.
This free mail-order condom program is supported by the California Department of Public Health and was launched by the non-profit California Family Health Council (CFHC). The initiative, available through teensource.org, provides 12-19 year olds a place to order free condoms online and find locations where they can pick up free condoms from sexual health clinics across the state.
This program is targeting California counties where the number of STD cases are on the rise. Any teen in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Alameda, and Kern counties can receive free condoms through the program.
According to CFHC’s vice president of public affairs, Amy Moy, “We can’t keep our heads in the sand and pretend there isn’t a problem. Research shows barriers such as embarrassment or concerns around confidentiality or affordability,” limit teens from buying condoms.
Some parents aren’t thrilled with the plan however which sends a package of condoms, lubricant and an educational pamphlet to teens. Some parents argue it encourages the 12-19 year old demographic to engage in intercourse. Repeated studies have shown just by providing teenagers with access to birth control and sex education does not encourage this behavior.
Since its launch on February 14th, over 550 order have been placed online.
ONE® Condoms is a supporter of comprehensive sex education and positive sex behaviors. ONE® Condoms aims for universal condom use and safe sex practices. A portion of every ONE® Condoms sale goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.
Do you think that it’s a good idea to provide free mail-order condoms to teenagers?
Weekly Links Roundup 2/16/12 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education
Condom Designs by Keith Herring in Garage Magazine
A recent issue in Garage Magazine, an art and culture publication, is devoted to the theme of sex and relationships. Among the topics of the legalization of gay marriage, the development of fertilization treatments, and internet dating, is a section of artist designed condoms.
The featured artists behind the condom illustrations are none other than Keith Herring, Mat Collishaw, Tim Noble, and Sue Webster. We are particularly intrigued by Keith Herring’s as he never ceases to fail in creating relatable and interesting graphics. The condoms are available in every copy of the magazine.
ONE® Condoms supports all forms of self-expression, particularly that which spreads messages of safe sex and universal condom use. ONE® Condoms feature more than 200 different designs, with many created by customers like you. Every year we’re looking for new designs for our next series of condoms. We want your help in creating the next generation of ONE® Condoms through our foil wrapper competition.
You can submit your own ONE® Condoms designs through our design contest here. So express yourself. Push the envelope and show us what you’ve got!
Feb 13 is International Condom Day kicking off National Condom Week Feb 14 - 21
To kick off the informal holiday of International Condom Day, in conjunction with Valentine’s Day tomorrow, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest global AIDS organization, will be launching its “Condom-Nation” tour. This tour will consist of a groundbreaking 6 month long 20-state big rig truck tour that will stop in various cities handing out millions of free condoms and safe sex information kits.
The president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Michael Weinstein, says that “Condom Nation is a serious, yet somewhat whimsical and creative effort by AIDS Healthcare Foundation to help promote increased condom use and to help make condoms more accessible and affordable.” Currently, the CDC reports that there are roughly 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV/AIDS and an estimated 20% of these people do not know they’re infected. The U.S. spends approximately $17 billion in HIV/STD health care costs.
The foundations hope is to raise awareness and spark conversations about the importance of condoms and safer sex behaviors. Condom Nation’s goals are to:
- Educate and raise awareness about safe sex practices
- Promote the use of condoms through education and advertising
Events in over 30 cities in 15 countries around the wold will have free condom distribution, HIV testing, and safer sex awareness events hosted by AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
ONE® Condoms is a supporter of universal access and use of condoms for everyone. ONE® donates a portion of every sale to HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.
How will you be celebrating International Condom Day?
Weekly Links Roundup 2/10/12 - Condoms, Safe Sex, Sex Education
Love’s Impact on Your Health
Valentine’s day just around the corner. But before you consider it a Hallmark Holiday, consider some real science behind these feelings of love and romance.
U.S. researchers have conducted many small studies recently presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology investigating love. One study from Florida State University found that love brings out the competitive side in people. The stronger the feelings of romantic love in a partnership, the more likely someone is to engage in aggressive behavior towards his partner’s suitor.
Contrary to popular belief, according to an MIT research examining the first “I love you” in a relationship, women are not the first to confess love in a relationship. It’s been found that men confess love first more often than women do. Saying “I love you” makes the man feel happiest if the confession occurs before the couple has sex and it makes the woman happiest when the confession happens after sex.
In another study, 34 couples who tested for stress levels before a 7 day separation and after the separation. Couples that were physically separated had higher levels of cortisol (a high stress hormone) and had worse sleep than when the couple was together. “The more one’s partner was likely to fall asleep after sex, the stronger the desire for bonding,” according to sexual health researcher Daniel Kruger. It is a sign that you and your partner have a strong and meaningful relationship.
Being in a deep intimate relationship has also been shown to increase life span. This research helps solidify that romantic ties are beneficial for our longterm health.
ONE Condoms supports healthy relationships that practice safe and responsible decision making including safe sex. This Valentine’s season, ONE® Condoms urges everyone to make informed sexual health decisions to prevent the spread of harmful diseases.
Do you personally believe that an intimate relationship helps your overall health and wellness? Also, who said “I love you” first in one of your relationships?