Promiscuous youth sex on the rise

Published: December 3, 2010

YOUNGER people are indulging in same-sex encounters, with about three in four of those aged 16 and under not practising safe sex during their first sexual experience, a recent survey found.

The survey found that an alarming 74 per cent of respondents within that age group did not use a condom, as compared with 36 per cent of those aged between 25 and 30 years old, and 44 per cent for those aged between 21 and 24 years old.

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These results were revealed at the inaugural Regional Consultation for Developed Asia on HIV in men-who-have-sex-with-men, or MSM, and transgender people.

The two-day event follows World Aids Day on Wednesday.

The survey also showed an increase in the number of people who have never gone for a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test – to 41 per cent from 30 per cent last year.

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