A new study shows many young people feel over-confident about their condom skills, despite often using them incorrectly and inconsistently.
The study called Errors and Predictors of Confidence in Condom Use Amongst Young Adults Attending a Music Festival, included data from interviews with 290 people between 18 and 29 who attended a music festival that cannot be named for privacy reasons.
The results found only 18 per cent of those surveyed had always used condoms during sexual encounters in the past year.
The results showed:
·         77 per cent were confident with their condom practices
·         37 per cent had experienced condom breakage in the past year
·         48 per cent had seen a condom slip off during intercourse
·         51 per cent had had a condom slip off when withdrawing the penis
·         18 per cent always used condoms in the past year.
It also found that almost half of respondents had seen a condom slip off during intercourse, and a little more than half had seen it come off when withdrawing the penis.
Franklin John-Leader from the North Coast Positive Adolescent Sexual Health (PASH) consortium said many respondents also experienced difficulties in correctly using condoms.
“One of the common mistakes people make is not squeezing the tip of the condom, and that is actually clearly linked with condom failure.”
Mr John-Leader also said 94 per cent of those surveyed had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol during intercourse in the past year, and 19 per cent reported being under the influence “most of the time” or “always” when they had sex.
“Even if you have the skills, when it comes to your ability or judgment to use them correctly, alcohol can be an issue,” he said.
“When you have partying, alcohol involved and there's no access to condoms, that could be a mix for sexual transmitted diseases being quite common.
“When it comes to schoolies celebrations, or anywhere you mix young people and partying, this is something we want to take seriously.”