Before you read on stop and visualise what someone with a sexually transmitted infection – such as HIV – looks like.
Man or woman? Black or white? Young or old? Wealthy or homeless? Someone that looks like one of your mates?
Sexually transmitted infections can affect anyone – regardless of their sexual orientation, where they live, what they do for a living, how much money they have or how much sex they have.
Did you know…
- 64% of people wished they had better sex education at school
- 200,000 cases of chlamydia were diagnosed in 2014
- 35,000 cases of gonorrhoea were diagnosed in 2014
- 6,151 people were diagnosed with HIV in the UK in 2014
- Nearly half of Brits don’t think they’ll catch HIV so don’t use a condom
- 51% of students have one night stands at university
- One in four people who have HIV are not aware they have it in
These are just a snapshot of the countless studies from organisations such as Public Health England, Terrence Higgins Trust, National AIDS Trust and the Family Planning Association, which expose confusion around sex and sexual health, regardless of age, gender and social demographic. This translates into embarrassment about sex, risk-taking (sex without a condom) and failing to get regularly tested for sexually transmitted infections.
The transmission of STIs like chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and HIV is increasing. Particularly among straight people. Stigma and misunderstanding around symptoms, treatment and next steps are causing much later diagnosis and therefore make it harder to treat without a long-term impact.
In the UK we’re so terribly ‘British’ that we’re rubbish about openly sharing and talking about that naughty three letter word – SEX.
We can’t talk to our parents or our children about it, many struggle to discuss it with their partners and sex education in school is abysmal.
We, at Last Taboo, want to rid the UK of this embarrassment. We want everyone to feel comfortable talking about and sharing their sexual experiences. We want to shout about sex from the rooftops. Learning from and educating each other.
This is the only way we will move closer to stemming this surge in the increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections in the UK.
So let’s talk about sex (baby)!
On our website you can read blogs and stories from a variety of expert authors, all of whom aim to improve knowledge around sexual health. Through this, Last Taboo aims to empower people and give them the confidence to make the choices that are right for them, based on an awareness and understanding of facts, not myths.
The ethos is very much ‘healthy conversations; safe sex’.