Condoms Used in 1/4 of U.S. Intercourse

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Oct. 5 (UPI) — Twenty-five percent of acts of vaginal intercourse are condom protected in the United States — one in three among singles, a study finds.

“These data, when compared to other studies in the recent past, suggest that although condom use has increased among some groups, efforts to promote the use of condoms to sexually active individuals should remain a public health priority,” Michael Reece, director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University’s School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in Bloomington, says in a statement.

Condom use is higher among black and Hispanic-Americans than among white Americans or those from other racial groups. U.S. adults age 40 and older have the lowest rates of condom use, the study says.

“People may not be as concerned about pregnancy, but the finding suggest the need to enhance education efforts for older people regarding sexually transmitted infection risks and prevention,” Reece says.

“The findings show that condoms are used twice as often with casual sexual partners as with relationship partners, a trend that is consistent for both men and women across age groups that span 50 years,” Debby Herbenick, associate director of the CSHP, says.

The findings, published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, used data from 5,865 adolescents and adults ages 14-94.

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