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Kiwis Want More Sex

Kiwis Want More Sex

When it comes to sex, Kiwis are busy in the bedroom and want more of it.

Results from the 2002 Durex Global Sex Survey released today show that Kiwis are having sex on average 135 times per year, up from 115 times in 2001. Survey findings also show that 38.9% of Kiwis want more sex, while 42.7% are happy or thrilled with their current sex life.

This year, almost 50,000 people internationally revealed their love secrets in the largest ever Durex Global Sex Survey that went online for the first time.

"The Durex Global Sex Survey offers an insight into the sexual attitudes and behaviour of people around the world, and the internet this year provided the perfect vehicle. Having the survey online meant it had widespread appeal and added accessibility, enabling us to gather improved sexual health information," says Victoria Potter, Durex New Zealand Manager.

The survey found that internationally almost one fifth of people (17%) would have sex on a first date. Norwegians proved the most liberated in this area ? with 32% prepared to jump into bed with a new partner on the first night, compared to 17% of New Zealanders. A further 47% of Kiwis stated they would have sex with a new partner within the first month, and 62% of Kiwis have had a one-night stand ? well above the global average of 50%.

Globally, this year's survey shows that young people are still prepared to take risks, despite a good knowledge about STIs (sexually transmitted infections), including HIV. More than four in ten 21-24 year olds (43%) and 37% of under 16s have had unprotected sex with a new partner in the last 12 months.

Dr Gillian Greer, Executive Director FPA New Zealand (Family Planning Association) says that while it's great Kiwis are positive about their sex lives, it is a concern that so many are still not protecting themselves.

"It is alarming that despite being well informed when it comes to sexuality education, Kiwis aren't heeding the safer sex message and aren't protecting themselves against STIs, HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies," says Gillian Greer.

"39% of Kiwis admitted they have had unprotected sex in the last 12 months, and 24% would still have sex with a new partner even if they refused to use a condom. It's no surprise that New Zealand has been described as the chlamydia capital of the world."

In South Africa, one of the countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, 31% of people admit they've had sex without a condom in the last 12 months. This is despite 99% of the population believing HIV/AIDS is a serious problem in their country ? significantly ahead of the global average (65%).

Following last year's international trend, condoms are the most popular form of contraception with 65% of people choosing to use them, while 22% use the pill. Younger people are more likely to use condoms with 75% of under 16s and 73% of 16-17 year olds choosing them as their main method of contraception. Just 3% of people globally don't use any contraception.

Kiwis are up with the global average when it comes to why they had sex for the first time. Over 40 percent of Kiwis (41%) had sex for the first time because it felt right and they were ready, compared with the global average of 36%. A further 17% of Kiwis had sex just because they had the chance, compared to 15% of people globally.

Internationally, four in 10 Indians waited until their wedding day to lose their virginity, while 24% of Thais wanted to get it over and done with.

Kiwis are honest lovers with 86% stating they would admit to a long-term partner if they'd had an STI, while internationally only 70% would. Only 47% of people globally would admit to having an affair, but more than two thirds (68%) would tell a partner about their sexual fantasies.

36% of respondents internationally admitted fantasising about sex with their best friend's partner, while 35% of women have thought about sex with another woman. But by far the most popular fantasy is sex with a celebrity ? more than two thirds of people globally (65%) admit they've imagined making love to a star.

Both Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez are considered the sexiest celebrities internationally - more than four in 10 people (44%) opt for actor Pitt as the favourite male, followed by English footballer David Beckham (14%). Singer-turned-actress Lopez is the sexiest female celebrity, but only just. She gets 26% of the vote, narrowly beating Tomb Raider star Angelina Jolie (22%).

In New Zealand, Kiwis can't get enough of Jeremy 'Newsboy' Wells and Nicky Watson who were voted the country's sexiest celebrities. Close behind were ex-All Black Marc Ellis and ex-New Zealand hockey representative Mandy Smith.

Kiwis can check out all the results from this year's survey on the new-look

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