11% Americans Think HTML Is A Sexually Transmitted Disease

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Have you ever wondered just how badly misinformed Americans are about sexual health? Well, according to Time Magazine, 11% of Americans think HTML is a sexually transmitted disease. Their article relies heavily on data originally gathered by VoucherCloud, which has also been shared by the LA Times and other major news outlets. The article goes on to point out other mind-blowing statistical facts that underline the value of a science-based approach to the prevention of STIs and STDs.

Here are just some of those findings:

23% or the people surveyed thought an “MP3” was a “Star Wars” robot. It is actually an audio file.
18% identified “Blu-ray” as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
12% said “USB” is the acronym for a European country. In fact, USB is a type of connector.

While these misunderstandings and miscommunications may seem funny at first, when you view them in their totality against the backdrop of human health and safety, it becomes clear why the United States need more services such as MateSafe. How can people who literally do not know the difference between a laser disc format and a marine animal be trusted when it comes to intimate health details about themselves without the necessary supporting lab data available directly from a recent test result? MateSafe is as much about clarifying communication as it is about anything else. Our goal is to ensure all parties to any intimate activity have access to real, reliable information and can make informed decisions about their own activities based on that crucial information.

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