Increase in adults reporting having an STI
The percentage of Utrecht adults aged 19-55 who reported having a STI has increased fourfold since 2006.
87% of young adults have had sexual contact
Over four out of five young adults aged between 18 and 25 have had sexual intercourse, as evidenced by the Utrecht health survey 2014.
One in five young adults has had a negative sexual experience
20% of Utrecht young adults indicated they have had a negative sexual experience. More women than men had this experience. This is also indicated more often by Utrecht residents between 22 and 25 than by Utrecht residents younger than 22.
72% of young adults have had sex under the influence of alcohol
Almost three out of four young adults in Utrecht have had sex under the influence of alcohol. Having sex under the influence of drugs occurs less often. 10% have had sex under the influence of cannabis and 8% under the influence of XTC.
Women have themselves tested for STIs more often than men
In Utrecht in the year preceding the health survey 2014, 27% of young women had themselves tested for a sexually transmitted infection. This is more than the percentage of young men who had themselves tested in the same period (10%). Almost one out of four young adults used a condom at their latest sexual contact to prevent an STI.
67% use other contraceptives than a condom
To prevent pregnancy, 67% used other contraceptives than a condom. The contraceptives used most frequently are the contraceptive pill and the intrauterine device (IUD or coil). Unplanned pregnancy has occurred in 2% of young women.
Information about sex mostly obtained via the Internet or friends
76% of young adults find information on sexual health on the Internet. Additionally, 75% learn more about sex by consulting friends; women consult friends more often than men do. 10% of young adults obtain information about sexual health via their general practitioner.