Straight men are less likely to use a condom if they find their partner very attractive, a new study claims.

Protection methods get thrown out of the window when it comes to one-night stands with pretty women, experts discovered.

In the eyes of men, good looking women take more care of themselves and have less chance of carrying a s_exually transmitted infection (STI), scientists found.

And the better looking a man believes himself to be, the less likely he is to use a condom.

Lead author Anastasia Eleftheriou, from the University of Southampton, told The Washington Post: ‘Men are more willing to have condomless s_ex with attractive women even though they might believe those women are more likely [to have an STI].’

Co-author Roger Ingham also told them he believes the findings are due to men wanting to reproduce with good-looking partners and are willing to take more risks to do so.

He said: ‘Men want to reproduce with women they find to be more attractive… and so are willing to take more risk to acquire this status.’

The study aimed to better understand the relationship between perceived attractiveness, s_exual health status and intended condom use among heteros_exual men.


Researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol quizzed 51 English-speaking heteros_exual men aged between 18 and 69 years.

Each man was shown 20 black and white facial photographs of different women and asked how likely they were to want to have unprotected s_ex with her.

They were also asked to rank the woman’s attractiveness, how likely they would be to use a condom, how many other men like themselves would have unprotected s_ex with her and the odds of her having an STI.

Writing in the British Medical Journal Open, researchers found higher condom use intentions were found in women ranked as less attractive and more likely to carry an STI.

They also found protection was more likely to be used if the man was in an exclusive relationship, had a less satisfactory s_ex life or was younger.

High numbers of s_exual partners, losing their virginity at an older age and more unprotected s_ex in the past year also made men more likely to use a condom during a fling.

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Mr Ingham said further research should be undertaken to work out if the link could be applied to gay men.

‘It would indeed be of great interest to repeat the study using men who have s_ex with men to explore if similar patterns of results are obtained,’ he said.

Previous research has found men view attractive women as more likely to have an STI.

While other scientists have found humans believe attractive people often have better levels of health and are less likely to get asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

The research comes just a week after HIV-positive Charlie Sheen endorsed a new condom he claims will protect people from STIs without reducing s_exual pleasure.

Last November, the 50-year-old actor announced he had been battling the virus for years and admitted he caught it as a result of ‘irresponsible’ s_exual behaviour.

Source: News Chronicle