One in five women under 30 will have unprotected drunken sex on holiday this summer, finds survey
Average single woman has had unprotected sex 11 times with a total of four different men, according to poll
12:36 GMT, 31 July 2012
One in five young British women will have unprotected drunken sex on holiday this summer, according to a new report.
A study into the sexual habits of under-30s found many have a ‘devil may care’ attitude as soon as they arrive at their destination.
One in ten women will have unprotected sex on holiday either a complete stranger or someone they have met during their break, the research found.
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More than four out of ten unattached women admitted they are much more likely to have sex without a condom when on foreign soil.
Alarmingly, 13 per cent of thirty-somethings are also planning to have sex without contraception when jetting off this summer.
The study of 2,000 women was carried out by online doctor and pharmacy site DrFox.co.uk.
Founder Dr Tony Steele said: 'It’s concerning that many women are not practising safe sex.
'What is more concerning is that people are actually planning on having sex without a condom whilst on holiday.
'People you meet on holiday are complete strangers so you know virtually nothing about them – having sex without contraception is a sure fire way of increasing your chances of contracting an STI.
'Whether on home soil or thousands of miles away women whether they are 18 or 55 need to be practising safe sex and using condoms.'
The study also found a large percentage adopt a head in the sand approach to the transmission of STDs.
The research revealed one third claim to get swept away in the moment and forget about using condoms and one in five claim to trust partners not to give them an infection.
Worryingly, 18 per cent of single girls say they are often too drunk to use contraception and eight per cent say they just don’t like using condoms.
A more casual 12 per cent admit contraception is always readily available when you need it.
Despite being older and wiser – one in ten women over the age of thirty still feel embarrassed bringing up the subject of protection with a new partner.
The study found that women aged between 30-40 years old were most likely to have contracted a sexually transmitted infection, followed by those in the 18-29 age bracket.
The poll found the average single woman has had unprotected sex 11 times with a total of four different men.
And those in the 30-40 age bracket were most likely to have taken the morning after pill.
The findings showed 16 per cent of the over 30’s say they have got worse at using contraception as they have got older.
With nearly a third of women in their thirties saying the younger generation have grown up in a world where sex education and STI’s are openly discussed.
One in five 30-40 year old women have had unsafe sex in the last three months, compared to 15 per cent of women in their teens and twenties.
All age groups were in agreement that contraception should be equally shared between both men and women.
Dr Tony Steele added: 'The issue of contraception should be dealt with by both parties.
'The consequences of not using contraception for both unwanted pregnancy and for STI’s are huge.'