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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

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

Safe Sex

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

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

NYC Sex Education Mandate Taking Effect

Announced in August 2011, New York City has mandated lessons on sexual health and sex education starting today. Public middle schools and high schools are now required to introduce sex education lessons into health classes.

At least one semester of health education is required in 6th or 7th grade and then again in 9th or 10th grade. Previously, the health classes did not include sex education. This has now changed.

What will be taught includes physiology, the understanding of male and female reproductive systems, recognizing healthy and unhealthy relationships, sexuality and sexual identity, handling unwanted sexual advantages, contraception methods, and how to prevent unwanted STD’s.

The NYC Department of education has implemented a “research-based sex risk reduction curriculum” called “Reducing the Risk”. Research has shown that this helps to increase the use of contraception among teens and increase parent-child communication about contraception. It emphasizes that students should use protection consistently and correctly when they become sexually active.

Students learn to avoid high risk situations and recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships by role-playing situations on resisting pressure to have sex. This has proven to have direct results of safe sex behavior.

The sex education mandate takes effect today in NYC high schools and middle schools.

ONE® Condoms supports sex positive decision making and increased condom use to eliminate the spread of diseases. A portion of every ONE® Condoms sale goes towards HIV/AIDS prevention efforts at home and abroad.

What do you think of NYC’s new mandate on sex education?

Friday Links Roundup 11/18/11 - Safe Sex, Sex Education, Condoms
Can Birth-Control PIlls Kill Your Libido?

    

New research is pointing to a possible link between contraception use and decreased sex drive. The Indiana University study examined the negative effects of contraception on things like arousal, lubrication, and orgasm. Involved were 1,101 sexually active women split into groups of hormonal contraception use (the pill, patch, ring or shot) and non-hormonal use (condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, or withdrawal). The evidence revealed that women taking hormonal contraception experienced less arousal, fewer orgasms, difficulties with lubrication, decreased sexual pleasure, and less frequent sex compared to women using barrier methods.

A major reason for this low sex drive is due to hormonal levels in each contraceptive method.  When a woman takes “the pill”, the liver starts pumping out sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) which traps most of a woman’s testosterone, leaving low T levels to which directly incite sex drive.

Throughout the menstrual cycle, these hormonal fluctuations can alter the facial appearance of a woman, body odor, and vocal pitch. During ovulation, these physical changes make her more attractive to a man due to the indication of fertility. But since the pill prevents ovulation, women on these hormonal drugs miss out on the peak period where they radiate of sex appeal and make them more attractive towards men.

According to Dr. Goldstein, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU, “What distinguishes one pill from another is the amount of estrogen it contains and the type of progesterone that it’s married to. It’s a matter of finding the combination that works best for you,” in order to minimize decreased sexual pleasure and inability to climax.

Hormonal pills have scientific evidence that the pill reduces the risk of getting ovarian cancer, developing anemia, and reduces symptoms of PMS. However, this very popular method of contraception comes with an endless list of side effects including nausea, breast tenderness, risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, high blood pressure, liver tumors, and gallstones.

So, if the pill is dampening your sex drive, it may be time to end your relationship with oral contraceptives and avoid its complications by switching to condoms. Contraception pills that dull your libido defeat the purpose of taking it in the first place.

ONE Condoms believes in the practice of safe sex and the protection of your overall sexual health.

What are you personal experiences with contraception and its effect on your libido?

Safe Sex, Condoms & Sex Education - Friday 10/14/11 - Links Roundup

Talking Condoms and Humor to

Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies?

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has a problem on its hand. 7 out of 10 pregnancies among unmarried 18-to-29-year-olds in this country are unplanned. The campaign has decided to address this issue in a new way. By using comedy.

18-to-29-year-old women receive various messages about helping them understand methods of birth control and how to use it, however men of this same age range go completely ignored and have not been tapped into.

The National Campaign’s director of digital media, Lawrence Swiader, states that, “We’re trying to do sex-ed for people having sex. Part of the problem is these people think they know it all, but when we probe, we find that they don’t.”

The disparity between perceived sex-ed knowledge and actual knowledge has resulted in the National Campaign to push digital media campaigns of talking condoms, hip-hop songs, condom cartoons, and PSAs. They believe comedy is their way in to preventing unplanned pregnancies.

Research shows that using humorous ads can make concepts and information more attention-getting and memorable yet with humor comes its risks. Not all funny is created equal. There are essentially two types of humor; aggressive, sarcastic humor & affiliative, goodwill humor. The first usually tends to insist on the joke-teller’s dominance over the audience, whereas with goodwill humor the customer is not made fun of nor is the concept its promoting.

Listed below are multiple versions of a PSA that contains the same information. The PSAs project a serious tone, an aggressive tone, and a more goodwill humorous tone. The last video is one of talking condoms to promote safe sex.

Which versions do you prefer of the PSA? ONE supports and empowers people to seek out sexual health education in all forms, including humorous videos and other modes of outreach.

Overall which sex-ed advertisement is the most effective in making its point?

Sex Ed Dolls Used in Chinese Kindergarten: is it too young?

       

Recently in China, certain kindergartens in Shanghai have been using supplemental materials to enhance their sex education programs. Young children around the age of 5 are learning about sex and the human body by playing with dolls that feature very life like genitalia.

The sex education dolls have drawn much criticism from many individuals in China and other countries internationally. Many concerns revolving around the dolls include the worry that this introduction of sexual knowledge is too early to children aged 5 years old. Is this too young to introduce children to the parts of the human body?

Despite these concerns, China a country with an estimated 13 million abortions in annually, one of the highest rates in the world, is grappling with how to effectively teach sexual education in schools. In 2009, 2/3 of adolescents in China had very limited sexual reproductive health knowledge. 22% of Chinese below the age of 18 had sex before marriage and of those more than 50% of them used no contraception during their first encounter. 46 % of American high schoolers, by comparison, had had sex before marriage and of those nearly 85% of them used contraception during their first encounter. Safe sex practices need to be communicated to the youth.

In addition to the sex ed dolls, China has introduced an experimental sex education program to youngsters aged as young as 6. The curriculum includes graphical depictions and descriptions of sex. We know that sex education is extremely important amongst the youth today as we’ve seen nearly 1,000 young people under the age of 16 diagnosed with STI’s , included in our last post.

Is this method of hands on interaction with dolls an appropriate way to teach sexual education to the youth or is this too young to start the discussion of proper contraception techniques including condom use to children? Let us know your thoughts on this controversial teaching practice used in China?

ONE Condoms supports proper sex education and mandatory condom use each and every time any type of sex occurs.