Say it with rubber
Condoms are trusty, well known, and well used by many of us for protection against sexually transmitted infections. We know the hassles, let alone the embarrassment, that using them can bring. But looking back over history we've never had it so comfortable, says Clare Hughes, and we shouldn't stop being safe because of some minor irritations
There was a time when buying condoms was excruciatingly embarrassing and resulted in the purchase of a year's supply of toothpaste. Now things have changed, and we can celebrate our more liberal attitudes in National Condom Week.
This special week is dedicated to the most popular contraceptive in the UK.1 You may wish to follow the example of No Smoking Day and give condoms up, but celebrating with abstinence would not be most people's preference. Use the opportunity to “say it with rubber.”
Dolphins and humans are the only animals to have sex purely for pleasure, but dolphins don't seem to contract sexually transmitted infections.2 In humans, however, sexually transmitted infections are on the increase3 and, despite numerous health campaigns promoting safe sex, nearly a quarter of students never use condoms.4 This may be one reason why most new diagnoses were in people aged between 16 and 243; perhaps student