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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

CDC reports teen condom use is on the rise

 The Center for Disease control released some encouraging news this past Wednesday in its National Survey of Family Growth, reporting that condom use among teenagers is on the rise.  Eighty percent of teen males surveyed said they had used a condom during their first sexual experience, a nine percent increase from the last NSFG survey in 2002.  The survey also found an increase from ten to sixteen percent in teens who reported using a dual method of protection, such as condoms used in conjunction with the birth control pill.
The CDC’s good news is consistent with related trends in recent years, such as the decrease in national teen pregnancy rates.  Despite these positives, however, there is still work to be done.  Or as Planned Parenthood Vice President of Education Leslie Kantor said in a statement today, “This is no time to become complacent.”

Here’s why.  The United States still has the highest rate of teen pregnancy of all developed countries, and the risks associated with sexual activity are especially high among certain minority groups.  African-American females are less likely to use birth control the first time they have sex, while Hispanic males are more likely to forego condoms.  In addition, teens whose sexual partners are more than four years older are much less likely to use any form of contraception at all. 

Planned Parenthood is committed to tackling and one day eliminating these problems.  Our educational programs and health center services give teens access to the information and care they need to stay healthy and safe, and teach parents learn how to support their teenage children in maintaining their health. 

To learn more about Planned Parenthood’s educational programs in your area, click here – because while eighty percent condom use the first time is great, one hundred percent all the time is even better.


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