Birth Control Pills Still Rule
While the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs) is up in the US, the Pill and condoms are the most popular forms of birth control, says a study from the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive health organization in NY. 8.5% of US women using birth control chose an IUD or implant in 2009, up from 4% in 2007. Researchers say that IUDs and implants are the most effective forms of reversible birth control. With IUD’s, it's estimated that between 0.2 and 0.8% of women will have an unplanned pregnancy within a year vs 9% per year for the Pill and condoms. The rise in IUD use may be due to the fact that they’ve been endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Also, concerns about pelvic infections, which arose when IUDs first came out, have been dispelled.
Safe Sex on Set
Actors in adult entertainment are required to wear condoms on film sets in Los Angeles, according to a new law. The law follows an ordinance signed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that requires porn actors to use condoms in order for a producer to get a filming permit. This is happy news for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation which has lobbied for the regulation for years, saying it will protect adult film actors from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The organization is gathering signatures for a November ballot measure that would make condoms on adult film sets de rigueur nationwide. LA is the nation’s porn capital with as many as 90% of the country’s adult films made there, but some say the city may see an exodus of porn actors to locales where condoms are not required.
Unprotected Sex Too
According to the most recent National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, “friends with benefits” are not the exclusive provenance of young adults. Middle aged people are having casual sexual relationships with friends as opposed to romantic partners too. Said the survey, 23 percent of men and 13 percent of women over 50 had recent sexual encounters with a “friend” or “new acquaintance.” In addition, sexually active teens are more responsible about having safe sex than older people. The survey said only 25 percent of older people who had sex with a new partner or more than one partner in a year used a condom the last time they had sex. 40 percent had never been HIV tested and a large number didn’t know the sexual history of their partners.