Adolescent Males' Combined Use of Condoms with Partners' Use of Female Contraceptive Methods

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ObjectiveProtection from both sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy is best obtained by the combined use of male condoms and effective female contraceptive methods. This research examines dual contraceptive method use among teenage men.MethodAnalyzed data from the 1995 National Survey of Adolescent Males, a nationally representative survey of 15 to 19-year-old males. Used bivariate analyses and logistic regression to examine the correlates of combined use of condoms and female methods.ResultsAt last intercourse, 17% of sexually active males reported use of a condom and a female method of contraception. Condom use, alone and in combination with a female method, was positively associated with talking with the partner about contraception and condoms, believing that males have a responsibility for contraception, and being in an earlier stage of a relationship. Only high levels of worry about sexually transmitted diseases differentially influenced dual method use, increasing the likelihood of using a condom with a female method, but not using condoms alone.ConclusionsThe results suggest that efforts to increase condom use in general should also influence young men's use of condoms when their partner is using a female method. Providing information to young males about the high prevalence and serious consequences of sexually transmitted diseases may increase dual method use among adolescents.

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