Only 16 percent of young women use condom during sex, according to a new survey.
AIDS Concern, a Hong Kong charity, also found that 18 percent of the female respondents have had sexually transmitted disease (STD), Headline Daily reports.
The group said the rate is alarming, which is higher than that for people who engage in prostitution.
The survey, conducted from January to October, interviewed 625 young people aged 15 to 25 who have been sexually active in the past six months.
It found that almost 80 percent of sexually active respondents were male with an average age of 19 and a half years.
The results showed that only 44 percent of the respondents use condoms every time while only 16 percent of female respondents used a condom at all.
Many of the female respondents said their partners would ask them not use a condom.
This shows they were passive and lacked knowledge about self-protection, the group said.
Some interviewees said they thought unprotected sex was more satisfying while some said they were under the influence of alcohol when deciding whether to use a condom, Ming Pao Daily reports.
Among them, 50, or 8 percent of the interviewees, had STD.
Young women’s infection rate was 18 percent, higher than that for males at 5 percent. The youngest infected individual was 14 years old.
AIDS Concern project manager Ho Kwun-hung said prostitute clients and homosexuals have an infection rate of just 2-3 percent, suggesting a highly worrying trend of girls getting STD.
Ho said women usually focus on the risk of getting pregnant and ignore the underlying dangers of unprotected sex.
Ho also said spontaneous sex among teenagers usually poses the biggest risk of contracting disease.
He said couples should discuss matters thoroughly before having sex and girls should also learn to say no to unsafe sex.
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