September 1999
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Fall99, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p189
Academic Journal
SUMMARY: Condoms are not only an effective method of contraception, they are also an effective way to reduce STD/HIV risk. Most Canadian women (91%) are aware of condoms as a method of birth control and most women (75%) have a favourable opinion of condoms. Overall, 21% of Canadian women report that condoms are their current method of contraception. Unmarried women (64%) were more likely than married women (31%) to have used condoms in the previous six months. Condom use is often inconsistent and about 25% of Canadian women carry the misperceptions that monogamy and getting to know and trust your partner eliminates the need to use condoms for STD/HIV prevention. These findings indicate a need to continue efforts to provide Canadians with effective STD/HIV prevention education.


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