Condom Availability in High School Does Not Increase Teenage Sexual Activity but Does Increase Condom Use

Raab, M.
January 1998
Family Planning Perspectives;Jan/Feb98, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p48
Academic Journal
This article discusses the results of a study on the impact of condom availability on teenage sexual activity. Making condoms available in high schools does not increase teenage rates of sexual activity, but does result in higher rates of condom use among sexually active students, according to a study of nearly 13,000 public high school students in New York City and Chicago, Illinois. Sexually active students in New York, where condoms are made available to public high school students, were significantly more likely to have used a condom during their most recent act of intercourse than were sexually active students in Chicago, who do not have the same access to condoms. In both cities, 47 percent of new students and 60 percent of continuing students were sexually active, and predictably, sexual activity increased with age. Sexually active students in both cities were similar with respect to levels of different kinds of intercourse, age at first intercourse, and age of first partner. One-quarter of sexually active new students and one-fifth of sexually active continuing students in each city said they had three or more partners in the previous six months. However, sexually active continuing New York students reported a significantly higher rate of condom use in their last sexual encounter than did their counterparts in Chicago, Illinois. New students in New York and Chicago were about equally likely to report using condoms during their last intercourse.


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