Volume 92, Issue 12

Thursday, September 24, 1998

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Canadians endure

By Caroline Greene
Gazette Staff

Canadians do it longer!

The 1998 Global Sex Survey released Tuesday by Durex Condom manufacturers found while the global average for making love is 17.2 minutes, Canadians last an impressive 22.7 minutes and Americans last 28.1 minutes.

In other areas, however, the maple leaf didn't fare so well. Frequency of sex in Canada is down to 105 times a year (twice a week) from 112 in 1997. The global average is 106.

The survey studied sexual behaviours and attitudes in 10,000 sexually active men and women across 14 countries world-wide.

"Globally people are having less sex than a year ago and it's not lasting as long. However, people are having better sex because they care more about their partner's satisfaction," said Sonya Agnew, director of marketing for Durex Canada.

Among other findings, Canada is one of the most faithful nations in the world – only 34 per cent admit to cheating. – while the United States is the worst with 50 per cent. On average Canadians lose their virginity at 16.6 years old – a full year earlier than the global average of 17.6. France came out on top as the world's best lovers and Paris was deemed the most romantic city in the world.

Agnew also noted another trend.

"People are using condoms," she said. "They are the number one contraceptive in the world with the 16 to 19 age group most likely to use them."

Chantal Joly, a sales clerk at Love Affair Sex Store says most students entering the store are looking for condoms. "We sell a lot of rough rider studded condoms and flavoured of course. Simple, economical vibrators are also very popular.

"Most of our customers are people looking to spice things up and don't want sex to get boring," Joly said.

Canada was found to be the world's most concerned nation about AIDS however there was low awareness for other sexually transmitted diseases, particularly chlamydia, one of the fastest growing STDs in the world.

"London has a high rate of STDs compared to the rest of southwestern Ontario," said Myrna Fisk, a public health nurse with the communicable disease division of the London-Middlesex health department. She attributed the higher rate to the yearly influx of university students.

The most common of reportable STDs is chlamydia with over 400 cases per year in London. However, genital warts, which are not reportable, are the most common STD in most clinics, Fisk said.

STDs can be present without symptoms right away, so they can be passed on to a partner without realizing you had it, said Heather McDonald, health education coordinator for Student Health Services.

"We would like those that choose to be sexually active to be as informed as possible about their own health and the choices they make."

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