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Men dislike condoms: poll

WHERE DOES IT GO?The survey also showed a lack of knowledge about how to use condoms, with some men thinking they only needed to be used at the end of sex

By Shelley Huang  /  Staff Reporter

A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) survey showed that sexually active men in Taiwan do not like to use condoms, with almost half saying they did not use a condom the last time they had intercourse.

The survey, conducted in December, asked 1,131 men between the ages of 15 and 59 about their sexual behavior. It found that 47 percent said they used a condom the last time they had sexual -intercourse. Thirty-two percent of males surveyed said they had not used a condom during sex in the past year.

Results suggest that although a majority of men do not like to use condoms, most of them know the importance and benefits of the contraceptive. Of the respondents who are sexually active, 68 percent agreed that a condom should be used during sexual relations, the survey showed. When it came to responding to a request, the -willingness was even higher, with 91 percent of sexually active men saying they would wear a condom if their partner asked them to do so.

Half of the respondents said that they would use condoms to prevent pregnancy, while 32 percent said they believed using condoms would decrease the amount of pleasure they felt during intercourse. Another 24 percent said they didn’t use condoms because their partner did not want them to, while 21 percent said that buying condoms was embarrassing for them, the survey showed.

The survey also showed that many men were not very knowledgeable about contraceptives. About 10 percent believed a condom only had to be used right before the moment of ejaculation.

The survey showed that only 41 percent of men used a condom the first time they had sexual intercourse and that for 20 percent of men, their first sexual experience happened at or before the age of 19, the CDC said, adding that education about safe sex practices was important to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

“Safe sex is extremely important,” CDC Deputy Director--General Lin Ting (林頂) said. “Have a safe Valentine’s Day by protecting yourself and your partner.”

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