Study says put the ‘sexy back’ back in sex to deepen sex education

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They bring back the sexy.

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A new study recently published in the journal PLOS One advises if you want to spread the message about safer sex, don’t forget the fun either.

Researchers from the University of Oxford, UK, and the World Health Organization wanted to study the effectiveness of using sexual pleasure as a tool in sex education.

They said that although billions have been spent on sexual health services and programs, sexual pleasure has been “insufficiently considered”.

Research indicates that the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases is to do things like make condoms “sexy.”

Study co-author Lianne Gonsalves says sex education programs have traditionally taught safer sex with an emphasis on risk reduction and disease prevention, while ignoring how sex can “also promote intimacy, pleasure, consent and well-being”.

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“This review provides a simple message: Programs that better reflect the reasons people have sex — including for pleasure — see better health outcomes,” Gonsalves said in a statement according to CBS News.

“The hope is that these findings will galvanize the sexual and reproductive health and rights community to promote services that educate and equip users to have safe, consensual and pleasurable sex.”

The study authors found that sexual health programs that focus on sexual pleasure “significantly improve” participants’ condom use.

The researchers said that “making condom use fun or sexy” resulted in behavioral changes with improvements seen in various places, including Spain and Brazil, sexual health classes for young people and adolescents.

As a result, increased condom use has also reduced the rate of sexually transmitted infections and diseases.

The WHO has stated that more than one million sexually transmitted infections occur daily worldwide and most of them are asymptomatic.

Those who contract STDs can then face longer-term problems such as an increased risk of HIV, fetal and birth complications, cancer, and death.

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