What happened in South Africa?
The recent rate of women ranging from 18 to 24 years infected with HIV virus is increasing dramatically and the number comes to be almost 1000 every day in South Africa, according to an article from ‘The citizen’. As stated by Professor Koleka Mlisana, University of KwaZulu-Natal head of microbiology, “Over six million South Africans are living with HIV, which is considered as the highest number in the world with new increase of infections among young females on the rise.”
For decades the South Africa government have executed many actions related with HIV infection including a recent plan, HIV treatment for sex workers. One of the successful outcomes tied with the HIV/ Aids from South Africa is decreasing the rate of the mother-to-child transmission rate from 35 % to less than 1 %. This data proves that the South Africa Gov. has efficiently dealt with the infection so far. However, the war against HIV will most likely be continued.
According to data from AVERT (AVERTing HIV and AIDS), condom usage in South Africa has fallen, especially among 15-24 year old males. 85% of this group reported using a condom during their last sexual encounter in 2008. However this number had fallen to 68 % by 2012. The recent dramatic increase in numbers of HIV infection among 18- 24 young women and the decreasing number of condom use in age of 15 – 24, I believe, are correlated.
Many sex related campaigns have been executed by many health organizations worldwide and widely introduced to people not only in South Africa, but also globally for decades. However, risky sexual behaviors among the youth still remains the same as before. Therefore, instead of encouraging the youth to use condoms as many other existing campaigns are attempting, StaySafe Condoms would like to inform people of the common misleading condom usages to those who use condoms regularly; letting them know that they are not fully safe unless they use a condom properly.
Using a condom may be second nature to some, but are they actually using a condom the right way?
These mistakes, as shown below are the results of research conducted by the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, and Indiana University made with 50 studies on condom usage and data collected for 16 years. The following points will sound very common and nothing special, but these mistakes commonly made by every day.
1. Late application
Based on the multiple studies, between 17 % and 51.1 % of people reported using a condom after intercourse has already started, which is pointless when it comes to STD prevention.
2. Early removal
Between 13.6% and 44.7% of participants reported of taking out a condom before intercourse was complete.
3. Unrolling a condom completely before application
Between 2.1% and 25.3% of participants reported that they don’t completely unroll the condom before sliding it on. But then what’s the point of using a condom?
4. No space at the tip of the condom
Between 24.3 % and 45.7 % of the respondents reported that they failed in leaving space for semen at the tip of the condom.
5. Not removing air out
41.6% of men and 48.1% women reported that they didn’t squeeze the air from the tip before using the condom.
6. Inside-out condoms
The participants between 4% and 30.4% commented that they began rolling a condom inside out, but then flipped the condom over and continued using it. The behavior might lead women to contact with pre-ejaculatory fluids, which potentially can lead pregnancy or transmit some infections.
7. Failure to check for damage on condom
During removal of the condom from the package, 82.7% of women and 74.5% of men reported that they didn’t check for damage before use.
*What to look for
1. Whether a condom is entirely sealed with its wrapper
2. Keeping eye on the expiration date
3. Checking for visible imperfections while unrolling
8. No lubrication
The respondents between 16% and 25.8% reported using condoms without lubrication. Not using lubrication itself isn’t an issue. However, if having sex for an extended period of time, the condom is more likely to tear without lubrication.
9. Lubrication complications
4.7% of men and 3.2% of women reported using an oil-based lube with a latex condom. That weakens the latex, which can make it more prone to breakage.
10. Not wearing one at all
45% of men ages 18 to 24 used a condom with their last sexual partner. And as the age groups increased, the stats worsen to only 29.3% of men ages 25 to 34 used condoms and consequently merely 21.3% of men ages 35 and 44.
11. Incorrect withdrawal
31% of men and 27% of women reported that based on their recent sex they failed to promptly and properly withdraw after ejaculation.
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