Condom Use Higher Among Blacks, But Still Not Enough
The 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