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Teens Don't Use Condoms Anymore

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Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM
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The 1970s are not back, people (we wish).

Unfortunately, people born in the 1990s don't remember the 1980s, when AIDS scared the shit out of everyone and made the term "casual sex" about as cool as a mullet (no more party in the back -- trust us on that one).

A majority of teenagers are now having sex sans protection, according to a survey publicized by the International Planned Parenthood Foundation.

Teenagers having sex without condoms rose from 38 percent in 2009 to 53 percent in 2011. We didn't even realize there was such a thing as sex without condoms. We thought you were pretty much born with them.

What's the matter with these kids? Jennifer Woodside of Planned Parenthood:

... Too many young people either lack good knowledge about sexual health, do not feel empowered enough to ask for contraception or have not learned the skills to negotiate contraceptive use with their partners to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies or STIs (sexually transmitted infections).

We'll tell you what's the matter: AIDS doesn't kill anymore. It only makes your life horrible. And so people have become complacent.

The study found similar results in Europe and Asia. In France non -condom-using teens went from about 1 in 5 in 2009 to 2 out of 5 today. Oui. More than three out of five Thai teens go al fresco nowadays.

The survey says kids around the world weren't prepared for what was to, er come. In other words, they didn't have that circular mark in their wallets.

So, time to double down on sex ed, despite what some Republican presidential candidates might tell you.

[@dennisjromero/djromero@laweekly.com]

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