Condom Use Higher Among Blacks, But Still Not Enough

hand holding condomThe Indiana University National Sex Study is the latest national survey to refute the theory that high HIV rates among African-Americans result from riskier behavior. This study shows that in fact, African-Americans are more likely than other ethnic groups to use condoms, as well as the most likely to be tested for HIV. And condom-use rates among Black teenagers were the highest of any demographic–an incredible 92 percent for males and 100 percent for females the last time they engaged in sex.

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“I like to think some of this is demonstrative of a public health success,” says Michael Reece, Ph.D., M.P.H., the director of the Indiana University Center for Sexual Health Promotion, and an author of the study. “After a decade of education, youth are getting the message. And people are finding condoms at diverse venues. Maybe we’ve had a breakthrough in public health.”

A Dramatic Difference in Condom Use