Study Quantifies Condom Use in 15- to 44-Year-Olds in 2011-15

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Study Quantifies Condom Use in 15- to 44-Year-Olds in 2011-15
Study Quantifies Condom Use in 15- to 44-Year-Olds in 2011-15

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Condom use was 23.8 percent for women and 33.7 percent for men aged 15 to 44 years in 2011 to 2015, according to a study published online Aug. 10 by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Casey E. Copen, M.P.H., Ph.D., from the NCHS in Hyattsville, Md., used the National Survey of Family Growth to examine the demographic and behavioral characteristics of condom use during sexual intercourse in a nationally representative sample of women and men aged 15 to 44 years in the United States.

Copen found that 23.8 and 33.7 percent, respectively, of women and men aged 15 to 44 years had used a condom at last sexual intercourse during 2011 to 2015, which marked an increase in men since 2002 (29.5 percent). In the past 12 months, 59.9 and 56.4 percent, respectively, of women and men condom users aged 15 to 44 years used a condom and no other method during last intercourse; 25.0 and 33.2 percent of women and men, respectively, used condoms plus hormonal methods; and 15.1 and 10.5 percent of women and men, respectively, used condoms plus nonhormonal methods. Overall, 18.2 and 23.9 percent of women and men, respectively, reported using a condom 100 percent of the time during any intercourse in the past four weeks.

"This report highlights information about condoms that may provide insight about condom use behaviors," the authors write.

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