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Taiwanese males have five sexual partners: survey

Staff Writer, with CNA

Taiwanese men have on average had five sex partners over their lives, which is lower number than some other countries, according to a global sex survey published by a condom maker on Wednesday.

The Durex Global Sex Survey, held to mark World AIDS Day, found that Malaysian men and women have had the fewest sex partners in total, numbering three and two respectively.

In comparison, Taiwanese men have had five, while Taiwanese women have had three, the survey found.

The survey also found that almost one in 10 Taiwanese men (9 percent) said they had paid for sex to lose their virginity and less than half (45 percent) of men and women said they were in a stable relationship at the time.

Among the 36 countries surveyed, New Zealand was found to have the most sexually active men, who claimed to have had 44 sex partners in total. Swiss, Portuguese, South African, and Turkish men followed with 42, 34, 33 and 31 partners respectively in total.

Among women, Swiss females were at the top of the list with 17 sex partners, followed by Australians with 14, the Czechs and New Zealanders with 13 each and Germans with 12.

The survey also found that the highest rate of admitted infidelity was among Thais (54 percent), followed by South Koreans (34 percent), Malaysians (33 percent) and Russians (32 percent).

Taiwanese were in ninth place at 22 percent, on par with Chinese.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of men and women in Taiwan said they did not know enough about AIDS.

Males felt less informed than women, with 60 percent of males saying they wanted to know more about the disease, compared with 55 percent of women who said they lacked adequate knowledge of AIDS, the poll showed.

This lack of information about HIV/AIDS reflects a lack of knowledge among Taiwanese about their partners, the poll showed. Almost one in four (23 percent) said they did not know if their partners had ever had a sexually transmitted infection.

More than 29,000 people from 36 countries, including 1,012 adults in Taiwan, took part in the survey, which was carried out online and in face-to-face interviews.

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