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One in five British women under 30 will engage in unprotected drunken sex whilst on holiday

Posted in Sexual Health 02 Aug, 2012

For many young women, going on holiday allows for a certain freedom and more relaxed attitude, a contrast to the many responsibilities in life back home. But has this carefree outlook been taken a step too far? A new report has shockingly predicted that one in five young British women will have unprotected drunken sex while on holiday.

The study found that many young women adopted a “devil may attitude” the moment they arrived at their chosen destination.

Findings found from the study (which involved 2,000 women who filled out an online questionnaire), showed that one in ten women will have unprotected sex with a complete stranger or somebody they have met during their holiday.

More than four out of ten single women admitted that they are much more likely to have sex without a condom on ‘foreign soil’, confessing to adopting a ‘swept away’ attitude during their holiday breaks.

Older and Wiser?

Getting older did not necessarily mean that women got any wiser, as alarmingly the research showed that women in their 30s are also planning to have unprotected sex when jetting off this summer. The findings showed that one in five 30-40 year old women had had unsafe sex in the last three months, in contrast to one in seven women in their teens and twenties.

From the polls it further emerged that 16 per cent of the over 30s confessed to have got worse at using contraception as they had got older.

Founder Dr Tony Steel, according to the Daily Mail, stated that it is “concerning that many women are not practicing safe sex”.

“What is more concerning is that people are actually planning on having sex without a condom whilst on holiday.

“People you meet on holiday are complete strangers so you know virtually nothing about them - having sex without contraception is a sure fire way of increasing your chances of contracting an STI.

“Whether on home soil or thousands of miles away, women, whether they are 18 or 55, need to be practising safe sex and using condoms.”

The question of STIs

An alarming 18 percent of single women also said that they are often too drunk to use contraception, 12 percent say that contraception is always readily available when it's needed and eight percent admit that they just don't like using condoms.

Overall, the survey found that the average single woman has had unprotected sex 11 times with a total of four different men. Despite the risks, the threat of contracting an STI such as chlamydia, genital warts, genital herpes, gonorrhea or syphilis as well as the threat of pregnancy fails to be a deterrent in many women’s decision to use protection whilst vacationing.

Dr Tony Steele, who added that contraception “should be dealt with by both parties,” expressed his concerns on the lack of fear in contracting an STI by young women whilst failing to realise that “the consequences of not using contraception for both unwanted pregnancy and for STI’s are huge".

Comments

  • EmmaThursday, Aug 02, 2012

    It is worrying that even older women, are failing to use protection and be more responsible when having sex :-(

  • ClaireThursday, Aug 02, 2012

    Sunshine and too much alcohol are a bad combination. It definitely does make women lose their inhibitions and drop their guard.......

  • ZoeThursday, Aug 02, 2012

    What about men and their behaviour? It's not just the woman's responsability?

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