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Nearly one quarter of college students in Britain will get an STD freshman year, a new study finds

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LONDON, UK, October 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new survey conducted by hookup website [email protected] revealed that nearly one out of four college students in the UK will contract an STD during freshman year.

That figure jumps to 44 percent before graduation, the Huffington Post reports.

More than half of those who had contracted a disease could not remember who gave it to them.

“I decided to carry out this study as the site always notices a huge increase in new members to the website during fresher’s weeks, as this is obviously when many of the members will be meeting up with individuals they have met on the site for casual sex,” said Tom Thurlow, creator of the [email protected] site, which matches men with potential partners for no-strings-attached sex romps for a nominal five-pound fee (approximately $8 U.S.).

The site is free for young women.

Thurlow’s research revealed that some 89 percent of respondents had unprotected sex the majority of the time, and that 73 percent were drunk when it happened.

The most common STD reported by students was chlamydia, affecting 59 percent of students who admitted to having caught a disease. Herpes and genital warts ranked second- and third-most common among STD sufferers.

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“I do not believe that being promiscuous and having casual sex are bad traits,” Thurlow said. “However, I am passionate about promoting safe sex, as well as the use of condoms amongst the student population of the UK.”

But experts say promoting condom use could be a dangerous call when it comes to students who are already predisposed to engage in risky behaviors, and who may someday be exposed to HIV, a disease much more dangerous than chlamydia (which is treatable) or herpes (which, while incurable, is usually not fatal).

Edward C. Green, director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, has said that the evidence confirms that condom distribution actually exacerbates the problem of HIV and AIDS. 

“There is a consistent association shown by our best studies, including the U.S.-funded ‘Demographic Health Surveys,’ between greater availability and use of condoms and higher (not lower) HIV-infection rates,” Green told National Review in 2009. “This may be due in part to a phenomenon known as risk compensation, meaning that when one uses a risk-reduction ‘technology’ such as condoms, one often loses the benefit (reduction in risk) by ‘compensating’ or taking greater chances than one would take without the risk-reduction technology.”

After the United Nations admitted in 2006 that the failure rate of condoms’ protection from HIV is at least one-in-10, Green told the Boston Globe, that’s “not good enough for a fatal disease.”

The same UN report estimated that condoms failed to prevent pregnancy about 10 percent of the time, too.

“The way condoms are marketed…is as if they were 100 percent safe,” Green said. “Condoms have brand names like Shield and Protector that gives the impression that they are 100 percent safe.”

Green is not alone in his assertion. Vinand M. Nantulya, senior health adviser at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, told the Globe, “If we tell youth that if you use condoms, you will be safe, then we are actually fueling the epidemic.”

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