It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re college students, so everyone is talking – or at least thinking – about love and sex. Before you engage in the latter, test your sexual health knowledge and see whether you retained anything you learned in that high school sex ed class.
1. Young people make up what percentage of new sexually transmitted infections?
a) 30 percent
b) 50 percent
c) 70 percent
2. True or False: HPV only causes cancer in women.
3. Which of these facts is false?
a) Sex improves sleep quality.
b) Sex decreases prostate cancer incidence in men.
c) Women can’t get pregnant from pre-ejaculate fluids.
4. True or false: Only certain lubricants are safe to use with specific sex toys.
5. Which of the following sexually transmitted diseases is not curable with antibiotics?
6. What percentage of women infected with HPV will see the infection clear within two years?
a) 90 percent
b) 50 percent
c) 25 percent
7. What’s the difference between an STD and an STI?
a) They’re the same thing
b) An STI precedes an STD
c) An STD precedes an STI
8. The average American penis is __ long when erect.
a) 5.3 inches
b) 6.4 inches
c) 5.6 inches
9. Jonah Falcon has the world’s longest penis. How big is his erection?
a) 13.5 inches
b) 15 inches
c) 12 inches
10. How deep is the average unaroused female vagina?
a) 2 to 3 inches
b) 3 to 4 inches
c) 4 to 5 inches
11. True or false: The vagina can double in size when aroused
12. Are oil-based lubricants, like Vaseline and baby oil, safe to use?
13. A half-hour of active sex burns how many calories?
14. What’s the most common STD/STI in America?
15. What percentage of Americans age 14 to 49 have genital herpes?
a) 16 percent
b) 31 percent
c) 24 percent
16. Speaking of genital herpes – is it more common among men or women?
17. On average, how many sperm are in each ejaculation?
a) 1 billion
b) 500 million
c) 300 million
18. True or false: some mammals have bones in their penises.
19. How many heterosexual men younger than 45 said they’ve tried anal sex, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report?
a) 44 percent
b) 51 percent
c) 56 percent
20. What about women?
a) 25 percent
b) 36 percent
c) 40 percent
21. What’s the effectiveness rate of birth control pills, assuming correct daily use?
a) 93 percent
b) 99 percent
c) 99.9 percent
22. What’s the effectiveness rate of condoms, assuming correct use?
a) 80 percent
b) 95 percent
c) 98 percent
23. What’s the effectiveness rate of pulling out?
a) 50 percent
b) 72 percent
c) 96 percent
24. If used correctly, emergency birth control (the morning-after pill) lowers a woman’s risk of pregnancy by:
a) 75 percent
b) 89 percent
c) 97 percent
25. What percentage of men and women, respectively, reported having experienced a same-sex sexual encounter?
a) 6 percent of men, 12 percent of women
b) 10 percent of men, 16 percent of women
c) 8 percent of men, 14 percent of women
26. How many calories are in a teaspoon of semen?
a) 5 calories
b) 12 calories
c) 30 calories
27. True or false: Shaving your pubic hair increases your chance of getting an STD/STI.
0 to 9 points -- Your sexual health knowledge could use some brushing up. Give your high school health teacher a call, or try reading a book. Cosmopolitan magazine works, too.
10 to 19 points -- Congratulations! You’re average.
20 to 27 points -- Maybe you should be the one teaching the sex ed classes.