LONDON, December 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Trojan Condoms surveyed 1,168 anonymous office workers about their attitudes to sex at the Office Christmas party. Those surveyed were asked to confess to their previous sexual conquests and reveal contemporary attitudes to sexual liaisons at the office Christmas party when the alcohol runs free and natural inhibitions loosen.
This year office parties are set to be sexiest yet, according to the Trojan survey, with workers more willing than ever to risk sexual health and even job security for a hot night of passion with a person from across the desks.
- 49% said they would go all the way at the office party if the opportunity presented itself this year.
- However, with STIs and pregnancy a serious repercussion of a sexy office party romp 41% said they are still unlikely to be carrying condoms.
- Almost 33% of people had previously had sex with a colleague after (or during) an office Christmas party.
If you have sex at the office Christmas party and choose not to wear a condom, chances are you could become one of a large number of people whose New Year is anything but a happy one. Every year in the months following Christmas, more abortions take place than at any other time of the year.
The Government's Office for National Statistics reveals a higher trend for abortions in the quarter following the Christmas holiday season. During January-March 2004 in England and Wales, 51,100 abortions were performed in the post-Christmas period - a steep rise of 5,000 on the numbers for the previous quarter (46,000).
Provisional figures for 2005 also indicate another rise and, for the past five years, the quarter following Christmas has led to more abortions than at any other time in the year - a shocking statistic and a stark warning for those people who choose to gamble with their liberty and also risk contracting a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) by not wearing a condom.
Unprotected sex also greatly multiplies the risk of contracting one of the many STIs at large in the UK today including Chlamydia. In the Health Protection Agency statistics published in June, the number of cases of Chlamydia rose sharply by 8% from 95,879 in 2003 to 103,392 cases in 2004 with men and women under 25 the highest at risk group.
By simply wearing a good quality condom, both women and men can dramatically decrease their likelihood of contracting an STI (or an unintended pregnancy) and ensure their Christmas and New Year is, indeed, a happy one.
Helen Knox, Founder of the Sexplained Foundation and Sexplained.com and the UK's first Outreach Clinical Nurse Specialist in Contraception and Sexual Health, said: "There is a predictable rise in the party use of drink or drugs during Christmas and New Year among people of all ages who want to enjoy themselves that little bit more, perhaps with an eclectic mix of sexual partners, leading to a lackadaisical approach towards protecting their sexual health. Sadly, there is always an increase in clinic workload after national holidays and festive seasons. But don't waste time wondering, if you think you may have been put at risk or just want to know you're clear of infection, get tested and find out or, better, always ensure you're still in charge of your faculties and capable of using a condom. Life's too precious for unprotected games."
Trojan Condoms spokesperson David Thompson said: "The Trojan survey statistics highlight the importance of always carrying a condom when you consider that 49% of office workers said they would like to have sex at the office Christmas party this year and 41% confessed that they were unlikely to carry condoms. Our advice to pleasure seeking party-goers this Christmas is have fun responsibly and always carry condoms."
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