Sex, condoms and STDs among young people

McKay, Alexander
March 2005
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2005, Vol. 14 Issue 1/2, p42
Academic Journal
The article presents a summary of a report on sexually transmitted diseases by M. Rotermann that appeared in the journal, Health Reports. The study, from the national statistical agency Statistics Canada, provides data on sexual intercourse experience, number of sexual partners, condom use at last intercourse, and self-reports of sexually transmitted diseases diagnosis among 15-24 year old Canadian youth living in private households. The data came from the 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey based on a sample of 18,084 weighted to be representative of the household population aged 15 to 24 in 2003. Among 15-17 year olds, the percentage who reported that they had experienced sexual intercourse at least once was 28.8% for females and 27.4% for males. For 18-19 year olds the corresponding percentages were 63.8% for females and 65.6% for males. Among 20-24 year olds, the percentages were 81.1% for females and 79.4% for males. Overall, the average age of first sexual intercourse was 16.5 years for both males and females. Younger respondents were significantly less likely to report that they did not use a condom at last intercourse. For the overall sample, 21.5% of sexually active 15-17 year olds reported that they did not use a condom at last intercourse compared to 32.5% for 18-19 year olds and 43.6% for 20-24 year olds.


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