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Jun 16, 2004 3:29 PM PDT    Text size: 
PRINCETON, N.J. – A recent survey on condom use indicates that while men and women are aware of the importance of condoms, fewer than realized are actually putting that knowledge where it counts.

Part of a Trojan brand condom survey titled "Are We A Condom Nation?" survey conductor StrategyOne researched the sexual habits of a large number of respondents from varying economic and racial background and recorded their feelings on personal condom use and the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

Main findings suggest that a large percentage of men and women between the ages of 18-24 are thinking about sexual health more responsibly and agree that it is smart to carry condoms and partake in "safe" sex. But in reality, Americans are not translating that thoughtfulness into full compliance.

According to StrategyOne, only 51 percent of sexually active adults surveyed make a point of asking their potential partners about STDs before having sex, and fewer than half of respondents indicated a concern for contracting an STD.

A low 36 percent of those surveyed said that if their partner refused to wear a condom, they would refrain from sexual intercourse. And while 80 percent of all sexually active respondents have purchased condoms, only 23 percent admit to always carrying condoms for themselves or to give out to their friends. However, 46 percent of sexually active men and women claim to always or often use a condom during sexual activity.

The study is being seen as highlighting the "gap between intention and behavior."

"The good news in the survey is that more and more men and women are taking ownership of their and their partner's sexual health," said radio and television personality Dr. Drew Pinsky. "Yet despite this, these adults continue to put themselves at risk. Responsible intentions need to be met with responsible behaviors and that means carrying and using condoms."

Other findings state that 80 percent of sexually active men and women surveyed describe themselves as being "spontaneous" versus a "planner" in the bedroom. Seventy-one percent describe their sexual behavior as "experimental," 29 percent described it as "tried and true," and 52 percent call themselves a "seasoned veteran" in the bedroom as opposed to the 48 percent who still label themselves as "learning the ropes."

The survey also revealed that only 38 percent of adults agree that "most people my age regularly practice safer sex," and the carrying of condoms for women takes a back seat to carrying lipstick, mirrors, and other beauty products.

On a final note, 33 percent of sexually active men believe it is their own responsibility to make sure condoms are available, while only 4 percent of women feel it is their responsibility.

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