Lunchbox/Soapbox: Dyani Lewis: Are We Too Promiscuous For Our Own Good?
Sexual behaviour has changed immensely over the past few decades. People are starting earlier, finishing later, and have more partners over their lifetime. One of the key risk factors for contracting a sexually transmitted infection is number of partners. So, in an era where numerous sexual partners are now the norm, what can we do to keep STIs at bay? Is it all about condoms, or will vaccination and screening become more important? What happens when antibiotics against common STIs become useless? And how do attitudes towards sex and STIs need to change?
As part of the Wheeler Centre’s Sex Week, researcher Dr Dyani Lewis weighs the pros and cons of 21st Century promiscuity, and looks at why awareness of STIs has fallen so out of step with sexual mores and habits.
Dyani Lewis is a freelance science journalist based in Melbourne. She has a PhD in plant genetics and has also worked in sexual health research. Her work has been published by ABC online, Cosmos, The Conversation, Australasian Science Magazine and others. She also guest blogs for United Academics Magazine.