Condom use on the rise, but still only a third of men wear them

Published : 13 Aug 2017, 17:54

Jagoroniya Desk

An alarming number of people are still having unsafe sex.

Condom use is thankfully on the rise, but only about a third of sexually active American men, and a fifth of women surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control say they use them.

The federal health organization interviewed 11,300 women and 9,321 men ages 15-44 and found that only 23.8% of women and 33.7% of men used a condom the last time they had sex.

The study, conducted between 2011-2015, showed that condom use among men increased from just 29.5% in 2002 and 33.1% from 2006-2010.

Women, on the other hand, have gotten worse at condom use. In a prior four-year study from 2006-2010, 25.4% of women reported using condoms during their last sexual encounter, now down to 23.8%.

The new study also showed that, on average, only 14.8% of women and 19% of men aged 15-44 followed the “no glove, no love” rule, using a condom “every time” they had sex in the past year. This number decreased as respondents got older: there are more 15- to- 19-year-olds who use condoms every time than 35- to- 44-year-olds.

And 59.9% of women and 47.3% of men didn’t use condoms at all during the last year.

Only just over a quarter of respondents who were casually dating or had just met their last sexual partner used a condom every single time. And scarily, another 26.5% of respondents having casual sex said they used condoms none of the time.

Condoms are the only contraceptive that protects against sexually transmitted infections and prevents pregnancy, so wrap it up.

Source: nydailynews

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