More booze, more teen sex, no increase in safe sex practices

Herald Sun (Aust) October 06, 2010
An increase in risky alcohol consumption among Australia’s teens has led to more sex “under the influence” and more partners, but not more condom use. A survey of Australian year 10 and 12 students has shown a surge in sexual activity over the past decade, and while awareness of HIV/AIDS remained high, so was the rate of risky sexual practices. “Rates of alcohol consumption among secondary students have increased markedly, as has the proportion of young people engaging in sex while under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” said Paul Agius, from Melbourne’s La Trobe University. “We also found that there is a marked increase in year 12 students having sex with multiple partners.”