Casual attitude to casual sex

DATING APPS: Have facilitated a culture of casual sexual encounters.

NEW research reveals just 72 per cent of under-25’s believe it is important to have regular sexual health screening if in casual relationships.

The Mintel research, which questioned nearly 2,000 internet users, indicates that young men are the most likely to adopt a relaxed attitude towards screening with just two thirds (67 per cent) of 18 to 24-year-old men agreeing that it is important to have regular sexual health screening, compared to 81 per cent of Brits overall.

Further highlighting an ‘act now and think later’ approach, 41 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 49 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old men, agree that it is only necessary to see a doctor if they have symptoms following unprotected sex. However, one in five (19 per cent) admit they would be too embarrassed to seek professional help if they had a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). 

Lucy Cornford, Head of Beauty and Personal Care, Household, Lifestyles and Brand Research at Mintel, said: “A lack of knowledge plagues the sexual health sector. Young adults, and young men in particular, display a worrying lack of concern over the dangers of unprotected sex and the consequences of not taking care of sexual health.”

She added that the “rapid growth of free dating apps has facilitated a culture of casual sexual encounters, particularly amongst adults under-35.”

Mintel is the world’s leading market intelligence agency.

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