`Porno literature driving Chinese students to premarital sex`

College students in China are resorting to premarital sex without having strong awareness about safe sex, a survey here has said.

Updated: Oct 30, 2010, 16:27 PM IST

Beijing: Influenced by easy availability of
porno literature, college students in China are resorting to
premarital sex without having strong awareness about safe sex,
a survey here has said.

About 48 per cent of students polled in the survey
accepted premarital sex, the survey conducted by the Guangdong
provincial population and family planning commission and
Guangdong provincial sexology association said.

The survey consulted 1,000 students at 10 universities in
Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province.

Only 34 per cent of respondents said they used condoms.
Nearly 30 per cent of respondents said they did not think it
was necessary to use condoms.

The survey was released in conjunction with the opening
of the annual Guangzhou Sex Festival yesterday.

"Students are becoming more open to sex because they have
more knowledge of sexual freedom," Zhang Feng, director of the
Guangdong provincial population and family planning commission
told the state run `China Daily`.

A regulation allowing marriage between college students,
which was implemented in 2005, also partly contributed to the
open attitude toward sex among students, Zhang said.

Zhang said that they should improve their awareness of
safe sex and noted that about 17 per cent of respondents had
suffered from sexual diseases.

Zhang attributed the lack of knowledge about safe sex to
the way in which many students get their knowledge about sex -
from pornography.

The survey said more than 40 per cent of respondents said
they had looked at porn websites or movies.

"My knowledge about sex would be totally empty if I had
not watched porn movies," a Guangzhou University student said.
In a separate survey conducted recently by the
Beijing-based China Youth Daily, more than three quarters of
3,000 teenage respondents said the Internet was their most
important source of information about sex.

Qiu Hongzhong, a professor of Guangzhou University of
Chinese Medicine, said inadequate sex education at school and
home has helped force students to learn about sex from the
Internet.

"There is a severe lack of formal sex education in the
country. Most teachers, from primary schools to universities,
do not have knowledge about sex. So how can they teach
students?" Qiu said.

In the China Youth Daily`s survey, school and parents
ranked as the two least important sources for teenagers to
learn about sex.

PTI