Playboy survey: Sex has gone high-tech

But when it comes to STDs, we're still living in the Dark Ages

Published May 16, 2011 7:01PM (EDT)

A new Playboy survey delivered some unsurprising findings today about how technology is changing sex: A sizable minority of adults admit to "sexting," taking naked photos and watching porn with their partners. This gave the New York Daily News an opportunity to be predictable in its own way and run a photo of a naked blonde being intimately photographed in bed.

If you'll allow me, I'd like to direct you beyond this excuse for skin and point out a much more fascinating -- albeit thoroughly unsexy -- discovery: Nearly a quarter of men, and 13 percent of women, kept their STD diagnosis from their partners. What's more, when it comes to contracting diseases in the sack, 24 percent of men and 20 percent of women simply "hope for the best."

Hmm, this reminds me of an article I read -- and, OK, also wrote -- just this weekend about people lying about their STD status. Playboy's findings -- based on responses from more than 2,000 adults -- certainly fit with what I found when asking people about their experiences with disclosure in that arena. That said, there is a glass half-full view: 64 percent of respondents were always upfront about it with their partners.

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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