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20% of young adults in Taiwan have had sex with strangers: survey

2016/10/14 16:00:40

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Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) Approximately 20 percent of young adults in Taiwan have had sex with strangers or people they do not remember, exposing themselves to the risk of HIV infection, according to a survey released Friday by the Taiwan AIDS Society.

The survey found that 77 percent of young people engage in sexual activity while on vacation.

While 19.4 percent have had sex with sex partners other than their girlfriends or boyfriends, 8.7 percent have had sex with someone they met that same day, and 10.1 percent do not remember afterwards with whom they have had sex.

Also, 51.7 percent did not use condoms, revealed the survey, which was conducted between late September and Oct. 4 among 1,036 students aged 18-25 in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

According to Lin Hsi-hsun (林錫勳), president of the Taiwan AIDS Society, the number of people in Taiwan known to have HIV had exceeded 33,000 as of September, of which 50 percent were aged under 30.

As many as 95 percent of the patients contracted the virus via sexual activity, he said, adding that failing to use condoms and having sex with someone without knowing if he or she has HIV are both considered "dangerous sexual behaviors."

He advised people who have had sex with strangers without using condoms to receive HIV testing every three months or six months.

He said people should not be afraid if they are infected with HIV, because drugs are now available to control the virus that allow patients to live to 70 years old on average.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Y.F. Low)
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