Study Finds Higher Rates of Teen Condom Use

A comprehensive new study released yesterday by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University reports that condom use is more prevalent among teenagers than adults. According to the New York Times, the study found that 80 percent of sexually active males and 69 percent of sexually active females between the ages of 14 and 17-years-old report having used a condom the last time they had intercourse. Alternatively, less than half of adults polled reported using a condom during their last casual act of intercourse. The study also found that black and Hispanic Americans use condoms more frequently than white Americans (Baltimore Sun). Indiana University School of Medicine’s professor of pediatrics and study co-author Dr. J. Dennis Fortenberry told the New York Times, “there’s the…widespread sense among contemporary teenagers that as you get to the point where you start thinking about having sex, condoms are going to be part of that decision.” He continued “this indicates we’ve had a real public health success that we need to acknowledge.” Condoms were used by participants in 25 percent of the overall reported acts of intercourse, including both single and married participants. The findings are drawn from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. The survey was funded by Church & Dwight, who manufacture Trojan condoms. The study also reports that sexual satisfaction varies between men and women. The New York Times indicates that most male participants reported that they had experienced an orgasm the last time they had sex, with 85 percent of men reporting that their partners also achieved orgasm. However, only 64 percent of women reported achieving orgasm. Additionally, although about 7 percent of participants self-identified as being “other than heterosexual,” twice that number reported engaging in sexual acts with a member of the same sex.


New York Times 10/4/10; Baltimore Sun 10/4/10

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