Young people overestimate condom use: study

Reuters Health January 14, 2009

Many teenagers and young adults may make overly optimistic estimates of how often they use a condom during sex, a new study finds. Researchers found that among 715 young African-American women, many of those who said they’d consistently used a condom over the past two weeks had objective evidence that this was not the case. One-third had evidence of sperm DNA in samples of their vaginal fluid. The findings have implications for young people’s sexual health, as well as studies on the matter, researchers say. Studies that use both self-reports and objective measures of condom use may offer a clearer picture of young people’s sexual behavior and risks of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to the researchers, led by Eve Rose of Emory University in Atlanta.
SOURCE: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, January 2009.