Incorrect Condom Use Is "Common"
March 19, 2012
A study by international researchers finds 14 common usage errors with condoms hampers their efficacy against STDs and pregnancy.
The analysis of 50 studies of sex workers, STI clinic attendees, monogamous married couples, university students, and adolescents spanning 14 countries between 1995 and 2011 revealed problems including:
According to lead researcher Stephanie Sanders of Indiana University's Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, "closing the gap" between typical and perfect condom use is essential to "greatly reducing the epidemics of STIs and unintended pregnancies."
Researchers acknowledge the study is limited by the wide variation of problems reported in the 50 studies analyzed, as well as by the majority presence of studies from developed countries primarily in North America.
Although researchers note "more research is needed on condom use errors and problems in a wider range of countries," they suggest the problems cited "may be affecting millions of people." For example, "re-use of condoms ... may be more common in less economically developed countries or among the poor."
"Collecting data on condom use errors and problems among a larger diversity of populations may help better inform condom intervention strategies tailored to those populations," said the researchers.
The study, "Condom Use Errors and Problems: A Global View," was published in Sexual Health (2012;9:81-95).
Australian Broadcasting Corporation News
03.09.2012; Dani Cooper
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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