The effect of correct and consistent condom use on chlamidial and gonococcal infection among urban adolescents

McKay, Alexander
March 2005
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2005, Vol. 14 Issue 1/2, p42
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the article, The effect of correct and consistent condom use on chlamydial and gonococcal infection among urban adolescents. Although previous research has established that latex condoms provide an effective barrier against both chlamydia and gonorrhea, the degree to which consistency and correctness of condom use, particularly among adolescents, affects the effectiveness of condoms in infection prevention is largely unknown. The sample for the study consisted of 509 sexually active females with an average age of 16.6 years attending an adolescent health clinic in Atlanta, Georgia. Study participants completed questionnaires that included items on sexual behaviour and condom use. Most (87%) of the participants reported using a condom at least once in the previous three months. Only 176 (35%) reported using condoms consistently and 80 (16%) reported consistent use with no condom errors (correct use). Among condom users, 71% reported at least one condom error with starting sex without a condom being the most common error, reported by 43%. Overall, the data indicated that correct and consistent condom use reduced the risk of gonorrhea by 90% and the risk of chlamydia by 60%.


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