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Incorrect condom use is 'common' › News in Science (ABC Science)

Incorrect condom use is 'common' › News in Science (ABC Science) | sexual health, lifestyle |
Incorrect use of condoms is undermining their effectiveness in preventing pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted infections, an international team of researchers has found.

Via Ishara Wijesinghe
TC1999's insight:

This article written by Dani Cooper provides an insightful view of how incorrect condom use can actually cause pregancies and unwanted STI's. 

I liked this article because it discusses how one of most common and effective barrier method could potentially still not be enough to prevent STI's which are horrible infections that a person can recieve via sexual contact, and can even result in death.

It is a good article because Professor Sanders warns us of the harm we can put ourselves in which could come in handy if we choose not use a condom correctly. I actually agree with his argument that if we can learn from our past mistakes we can make our lives and other a lot safer.

Ishara Wijesinghe's curator insight, November 24, 2013 2:57 AM

This ABC article written by Dani Cooper provides insightful and accurate information regarding incorrect condom use. From studying contraceptive methods in class, I learnt that condoms are the most commonly used barrier method of contraception in the world and has an extremely low failure rate. I think that is important I had read this article as it states the ways in which condoms are commonly used incorrectly, backed up by study undertaken by the Kinsey Institute of Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. According to the study which examined the condom uses of 14 countries between 1995 and 2011, there were 14 common problems associated with condom use. These problems include late application and early removal of a condom; failure to unroll the condom out fully; incorrect storage; re-use of condoms and inside-out condom use.  It distresses me that when used incorrectly whether it be because of alcohol influence or inexperience, an unplanned pregnancy may take place. From one minute mistake for example an inside-out condom, a vast amount of consequences will arise that in most cases, are regretted in the future. We must be mature in the decisions we make with sexual partners and take action to ensure that the condom is used efficiently. The study also found that up to 25.3 per cent of participants incorrectly unrolled the condom before putting it on rather than unrolling it on the penis. Between 24.3 per cent and 45.7 per cent did not leave space at the tip where semen can be collected, and between 4 per cent and 30.4 per cent of participants had put the condom on inside out and then flipped it over. In the article, Professor Stephanie Sanders vowed that collecting data on condom use errors and problems will in turn; help better inform condom intervention strategies. I wholeheartedly agree with what Professor Sanders is saying, if we as a population can learn from the common errors made universally by people, we can make the lives of ourselves and others safer.

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Teenagers - sexual behaviour - Better Health Channel

Teenagers - sexual behaviour - Better Health Channel | sexual health, lifestyle |
The sexual behaviour of young people (teenagers) in Australia is recorded in the 2002 results of the third National Survey of Australian Secondary Students, HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health.

Via mdenisonpender
TC1999's insight:

This article relates to the topic we have recenlty studied about sexual health which applies to us as we are teengares who are capable of becoming sexually active.

It is quite a good article as it tells us, according to the statistics from 2002 about the general sexual behaviour of young adults in Australia. However, the information hasn't really been updated and the whole article consists solely of statcitics. 

I chose this article to evaluate as it is interesting to know how many at our age have decided to become sexually active, or which gender they are attracted to, or their preferred methods of contracepion etc.

mdenisonpender's curator insight, September 13, 2013 5:37 AM

this article ties in with our unit because it is about australian teenagers sexual activity. this article is good because it tells about statistics of youth in australia and about preffered forms of contraception and about sexual attraction. i think this article is a good article as it would help if you were planning on beginning a sexual relationship.

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'Lifestyle' diseases the world's biggest killer

'Lifestyle' diseases the world's biggest killer | sexual health, lifestyle |
The World Health Organisation says lifestyle diseases are now the leading cause of death around the world.

Via Ishara Wijesinghe
TC1999's insight:

This article relates to the topic of diseases that we have been looking at for the last couple of weeks, specifically lifestyle diseases caused by various habits or environments that we may developed or become used to. 

I liked this article because I found it fascinating to consider that lifestyle diseases which are actually diseases that are caused by our  lifestyle habits such as smoking or drinking too much, is actually a bigger killer than genetic problems, or cancers in the breast or abdomen etc, which some can't help having.

This is a good article as it informs us of the problems that we can face if our generation continues to ignore advice about keeping healthy or not smoking, and also tells us ways in which we can prevent ourselves from being susceptible to such things.


Ishara Wijesinghe's curator insight, November 24, 2013 1:22 AM

This thought-provoking article written by Alison Caldwell for ABC, informs its readers about the increasingly detrimental toll that non-communicable diseases, or chronic diseases are taking on developing countries. According to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the rise in "lifestyle" diseases is largely due to tobacco use, poor diet and the harmful use of alcohol. That is, alcohol consumption which we had learnt in the classroom in Semester 1 has in fact, contributes largely in developing lifestyle diseases. In saying that, alcohol should not be consumed with immature intentions and by all means, not at an excessive extent or state as this can lead to alcohol dependence.  The organisation warns public policies to prevent these poor practises from being undertaken on a daily basis, particularly in teenagers. Examples of non-communicable diseases include lung diseases, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. All of which can be share the same risk factors which are: tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol. If we as responsible individuals take initiative on our own health, I believe we will have a lessened chance of developing such lifestyle diseases. It was rather concerning to read that that 9 million of the 36 million people who die every year because of non-communicable diseases die before the age of 60 years. It is important that we are made aware that aside from the fact that these diseases can make you suffer; it also can lessen your life span. Action taken to respond to this problem as indicated by the article includes the Federal Government introducing plain packaging for cigarettes. I feel that this move is necessary as smoking is a contributor to non-communicable diseases and the amount of smoking packets sold should be reduced. The reliability of this article is of a high standard and I found it useful in my research of lifestyle diseases. It furthered my current knowledge of the prevalence of non-communicable diseases in Australia and further abroad, as I believe that it is important to find out about the dilemma on a global scale too.

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Kiki van de Laar dies after documenting cancer battle: 'It was my time to let go and find peace, which I have'

Kiki van de Laar dies after documenting cancer battle: 'It was my time to let go and find peace, which I have' | sexual health, lifestyle |

"SHE shared her courageous cancer battle with thousands over the internet and decided to say goodbye the same way.

Kiki van de Laar, an Adelaide-based mother-of-two, died early Saturday morning, less than a year after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 27-year-old, of Huntfield Heights, in the southern suburbs, requested husband Rogier use her Facebook account to post a heartbreaking, final goodbye she had finished just days earlier.

"Do not be sad, but this morning, on Saturday, I passed on to a better place, without any pain," read the message that was posted in the hours following her death.

"My body was broken but my spirit was still strong. It was time to let go and find peace, which I have."

Via Curated by A4BC.ORG
TC1999's insight:

This article relates to one of our topics as we are learning about different types of diseases which could potentially effect us when we reach adulthood. 

This article is very useful in understanding experiences of women battling breast cancer, and how sometimes in this case, breast cancer can take lives away from us. 

I like this particular article as it shows us the prospect of how it would be to live with breast cancer through the perspective of one individual called Kiki Van de Laar who is sadly no longer with us anymore. 

Curated by A4BC.ORG's curator insight, November 24, 2013 3:33 PM

This is a heartbreaking story of a very brave woman, Kiki van de Laar, mother-of two, who died only a year from diagnosis of breast cancer.To find out more about Kiki's journey from her book go to: