1) Millennials have less sex than anyone ever
2) STD's are on the rise - Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in particular
Condom use in that subgroup has gone down for 2 reasons:
- HIV has become a manageable disease and not a death sentence
- a new treatment called Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents transmission
But, young women also saw a huge jump in Chlamydia as well. So it's not just the gay community.
"Almost half of chlamydia cases were in girls and women ages 15 to 24."
- STDs are exploding.
- Teen pregnancy is at all time lows.
More women are using IUD's as protection against pregnancy.
There is a generational shift that is quite noticeable.
Gen X'ers lived through the AIDS scare and it shows.
- HIV / AIDS isn't as scary as it once was
- IUD use is on the rise
- Easily cured infections aren't scary at all
- HIV transmission is preventable and AIDS is manageable
- IUDs easily prevent pregnancy
- HPV vax solves cervical cancer
So all that's left is the clap, the herp, and the itch.
And I think people say, I can roll the dice on that.
Effectively, the risk reward relationship for unprotected sex has changed dramatically over the last decade + now we see the consequences.
In the old days, they made it seem like sex was a death sentence.
Remember there was a time where we didn't even understand how HIV/AIDS was transmitted, so to be safe, we scared the shit out of everyone.
Now the data and science is in, and the risk/reward guides people towards no condom.