A study published in the journal Sexual Health suggests that around the globe, improper condom use is threatening sexual health. Researchers from The Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team found that the improper use of condoms is a widespread, international issue.
The report was composed by 20 researchers from a number of different countries around the world. They discussed the various ways male condoms are promoted and used among sexually active adults of different nations, according to William L. Yarber, one of the members of the research team.
While condoms can be an effective way to reduce one’s risk of contracting the most common STDs, if used improperly they can lead to the transmission of illnesses or unintended pregnancy. Proper condom usage isn’t just a global health issue, it also weighs into economics. Condoms are significantly less expensive than medications needed to treat people with HIV/AIDS and other STDs.
“While we’d like to think the AIDS epidemic is going away, it’s not. In the U.S., it’s getting worse,” said Richard Crosby, a member of the research team. “We keep looking to medical doctors for the solution to the epidemic, but it’s the wrong paradigm. We can prevent small pox, SARS, cholera and a host of other infectious diseases. The prevention of the disease is the modern solution to the AIDS pandemic, and we need to begin applying that solution in earnest. Condoms are the vaccine we’ve been waiting for.”
Crosby went on to say sexual education that informs people how to properly use a condom is essential. These courses should not only touch on condom usage, but also discuss other matters related to sex in general, including personal lubricant, erections and semen.