Conference pricks - Labour members barely ahead


Hunter has just received this email in his in-box - forwarded by a co-shooter who visited the Terrence Higgins Trust's stall at this year's Conservative Party conference. Makes interesting reading...

Labour tops condom quiz poll - but only just!

Thank you for stopping by THT's stand at the party conferences and taking part in our condom quiz. The results are now in and make for very interesting reading.

Results from the quiz, taken by 495 delegates, showed:

*Less than 1 in 5 Conservatives got all ten questions correct, compared to just under a third of Labour delegates
*A third of Conservatives thought condoms had holes in them that could allow HIV to pass through, compared to a quarter of Labour delegates
*1 in 5 Conservatives didn't know how to put a condom on properly, compared to around 1 in 6 Labour delegates
*1 in 5 delegates at both conferences thought that using two condoms at once ("double bagging") is safer than just using one.
*8 delegates thought condoms could be washed and re-used!

The full results are posted at the end of this email.

While we hope you enjoyed taking part, there is a serious message behind the quiz. When we put the same questions to 2200 university students they displayed an equally worrying lack of understanding of how condoms work and how to use them. We're concerned that, as comprehensive Sex and Relationships Education still isn't a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, too many young people are growing up without the information they need to protect themselves from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Our young people currently have the worst sexual health and highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe.

THT are working with the Sex Education Forum (SEF) to ensure all young people's entitlement to good quality SRE. You can find out more about the issue on the SEF website or by reading our campaigning manifesto. You can also support the campaign on our e-campaigning website.

If you would like to receive updates on THT's campaigns on HIV and sexual health issues please send us an email to campaigns@tht.org.uk. We will never share your details with third parties.

If you would like to talk to us about your work or ours please email me at rowan.harvey@tht.org.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Rowan Harvey

Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer

Condom Quiz headlines:

495 delegates at this years' Labour and Conservative Autumn conferences took part in a 10 question quiz for THT (284 at Labour and 211 at Tory). We then compared their results with a longer quiz we ran with 2256 university students earlier in the year.
Overall only 24% of delegates got all 10 questions right - though Labour (30%) did significantly better than Conservatives (18%).

Despite this, the average scores for each party were very similar (8.64 out of 10 for Labour and 8.37 out of 10 for Conservatives) meaning that, while Labour got more top scores, they also got more low scores.

A quarter (26%) of Labour delegates thought latex condoms had holes in them that could allow HIV to pass through, compared to a third (33%) of Conservatives. This was still better than the university students, 36% of whom got this question wrong.
* 2% of Labour delegates and 5% of Conservatives didn't know that condoms have an expiry date.
* 16% (1 in 6) of Labour delegates didn't know how to put a condom on properly, compared to 22% (1 in 5) Conservatives. 13% of students got this wrong.
* Around 1 in 5 delegates (20%) at both conferences thought that using two condoms at once ("double bagging") is safer than just using one. It isn't, as the extra friction makes both condoms more likely to break. This was slightly worse than the university students, 16% of whom got this one wrong.
* Almost a third (30%) of delegates from both parties thought that thick condoms were safer than regular ones. 42% of students thought the same.
* 22% of Labour delegates and 26% of Conservatives would have used the wrong type of lubricant - oil based lubricant rots the rubber condoms are made from making them more likely to break. 11% of students got this wrong.
More Labour than Conservative delegates thought you had to be a certain age to buy condoms (4% Labour compared to 3% Conservatives). 6% of the students thought the same.
* 8 delegates (5 Conservative and 3 Labour) thought you could wash and reuse a condom. * 7 students thought the same.
* 16% of Labour and 18% of Conservatives thought that other methods of contraception apart from condoms could prevent STIs. This was better than the students, 23% of whom got this wrong.

3 comments:

James said...

"A third of Conservatives thought condoms had holes in them that could allow HIV to pass through, compared to a quarter of Labour delegates"

Must be a lot of Catholics in each party

Matt said...

i did that quiz at the Tory conference, so I guess I'm in the stats for your lot. I got 10 out of 10 btw, somehow - lucky guesses I suppose!

i would say that the first question (referred to in comments above) was a bit strangely worded, so some of the people answering 'yes' *might* have thought they were talking about the possibility of faulty condoms...

Anonymous said...

But who would reuse them - come on THT name & shame! and amuze....