Today is Valentine’s Day so it seems like an appropriate day to talk about sex. This article in the Taipei Times today discusses a survey about rates of condom use in Taiwan. It is based on a recent survey of more than 1,000 men aged 15-59 about condom use in Taiwan. Here are some key statistics quoted in the article:
- 47 percent said they used a condom the last time they had sexual intercourse
- 32 percent of males surveyed said they had not used a condom during sex in the past year
- 68 percent agreed that a condom should be used during sexual relations
- 91 percent of sexually active men said they would wear a condom if their partner asked them to do so
- 32 percent said they believed using condoms would decrease the amount of pleasure they felt during intercourse
- 24 percent said they didn’t use condoms because their partner did not want them to
- 21 percent said that buying condoms was embarrassing for them
- 10 percent believed a condom only had to be used right before the moment of ejaculation
- 41 percent of men used a condom the first time they had sexual intercourse
I find the results of concern and these concerns have also been reflected in some conversations I have had in Taiwan about condoms and other matters related to sex. It seems there is a widespread attitude amongst Taiwanese men that condom use is unnecessary. This is combined with women being too embarrassed to buy condoms and/or insist that their partners use them. I have been told that many Taiwanese men will use the withdrawl method rather than use a condom. I have also been told many women will have abortions or take the morning after pill instead of using safer methods of birth control.
Condoms are a cheap, easy and effective way of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. However, it seems many people have failed to get the message! I think the survey results generally reflect a lack of knowledge about birth control methods and sexually transmitted diseases. It highlights a need for better sex education in schools and also public education campaigns to promote condom use.