Today’s young people not wearing condoms

Stats Canada says less than 50 per cent wrap up for sex

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

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At university, hormones flow like the Euphrates and co-eds bed-hop like it’s going out of style, but are men always wrapping their tools like Bob Vila?

According to a 2005 Statistics Canada health report, 44 per cent of people aged 20-24 didn’t use a condom the last time they had sex, the largest demographic to do so. (read more)

Many still face barriers to sexual health care

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

A vital component of sexual health is access to health care, but barriers still exist for some looking for such services.

Marilyn Evans, assistant professor of nursing at Western, said numerous factors must be in place before young people will seek the help of a health professional, especially on issues about their reproductive health. (read more)

Quick facts

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

The average age Canadians have sex for the first time is 16.5.

Oral contraceptives are the most common method of contraception used by Canadian women (32 per cent), followed by condom use (21 per cent). (read more)

Tips for peak sexual health

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

- Know your sexual partner, communicate about safe sex, testing, and STIs
- Always use a condom, and/or spermacide, for all sexual activity
- Get STI testing; it’s quick and can be done in one visit
- Get your Hepatitis A and B shots

Women
- Get a pap smear once a year to detect abnormal cell changes
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is available for Canadian females aged 9-26; high-risk HPV is linked to most cases of cervical cancer. (read more)

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