How Many People Actually Practice “Safe Sex”?

How Many People Actually Practice “Safe Sex”?

Short answer: pretty much nobody. 110 million million Americans have an STI.  With the current US population at around 320 million people, that amounts to about 1 in 3 people who currently have some sort of STI. However, when looking at the portion of the US population who are biologically able to have sex, the rates are much higher – almost 50%.

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STI Rates of Americans Over the Age of 15:

21% of American are under age 15 most of whom had never had sex before, so lets assume about 20% of the US population have never been infected with an STI.

Taking this into account, that means that of the total population of 320 million people approximately 256 million Americans (100% – 20%, or 80%) have had sex at least once, and of those 256 million people 110 million have an STI.

110 million/256 million = 42% of Americans over the age of 15 have an STI!  

STI Rates by Gender (over the age of 15):

Of these 110 million sexually transmitted infections:

Females represent: 59.5 million or 46% of women over the age of 15 have an STI. (59.9 M/130.6M)

Males represent: 50.0 million or 40% of males over the age of 15 have an STI. (50.0 M/125.4M)

So How Many People Actually Practice “Safe Sex”?

Answer:  pretty much no one.

Our closest ancestor, the chimpanzee, never wears condoms and their rates of STIs appear to be much lower than humans. This goes for many animals in the wild.

So How Come Nobody Practices Safe Sex/Uses Condoms?

Because everyone hates condoms, girls and guys alike. For guys it feels like a soggy plastic bag hanging off the end of your wiener.

For girls – they deal with the friction of the rubber against skin, loss of lubrication (any natural lubrication slides down and off the condom), and endure inching, bunching, and rubbing of the condom against their opening.

Solution? Bill Gates

Bill Gates gave scientists $100,000 to develop a new condom that would encourage more men (and women) to be more enthusiastic about using protection.

Work on a skin-like hydorgel condom has received $100,000 funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Work on a skin-like hydorgel condom has received $100,000 funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The foundation has said it could provide further funding of up to $1 million to develop a condom that would “enhance the pleasure so as to increase uptake”. It is said that the new condom is likely to become a reality this year (2015).

Solution #2

Spankorama in the basement.

spankorma in the basement

Spankarama in the basement, sex shop window, Soho, London, UK. Photo via Doctorow.

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