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Tuesday, 27 November, 2001, 10:07 GMT
Unprotected sex risks young lives
Teenagers are not taking adequate precautions
Young people are risking their lives by having unprotected sex, according to research.

The Durex Global Sex survey found that more than a quarter of 16 to 20-year old Britons are failing to use condoms when having sex with a new partner.

And they experience sex for the first time at a younger age than their European counterparts, at an average age of 16.9 years.

More than 18,000 people from 28 different countries took part in the survey which aimed to explore the sexual behaviour of people across the world.

'Real concern'

Sarah Rose, Durex UK marketing director, said: "It is a real concern that many people, particularly teenagers, are still not listening to the safer sex message.

"Not only are they having sex for the first time at an early age, it appears many are taking risks with their health by not using protection.

"They are risking unplanned pregnancies and also increasing the potential of contracting HIV/Aids.

If people are having sex they need to be aware of the risks they are taking and how to avoid them

Sarah Rose
"If people are having sex they need to be aware of the risks they are taking and how to avoid them."

The survey also found that it is not just younger people who take risks - 43% of Britons take no protective measures at all.

Sexiest city

It was also revealed that the average Briton has sex on average 107 times per year and have 8.8 partners during a life-time.

This compared to the Americans who have sex 124 times a year and the Japanese who make love just 36 times a year.

The Americans have had the most partners - 14.3, the French have had an average of 13.2 partners and the Australians have been with 11 different partners.

Paris is considered the sexiest city in the world by 38% of Britons, while 20% prefer Amsterdam. Just 2% think London is the city for them.

See also:

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