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Teenagers using condoms still at risk of STIs

Young people who use condoms often do so inappropriately, leaving them at

risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

A total of 1,373 teenagers aged 16-18 years were surveyed, of whom 375 reported using a condom during vaginal sex. Of these, 108 were asked to keep

a diary of sexual encounters over a

six-month period.

Of the 375 survey respondents reporting condom use, 6 per cent had

put the condom on after penetration

and 6 per cent had continued penetration after removing the condom. Of the 74 diary respondents, 31 per cent put the condom on late and 9 per cent removed the condom early on at least one occasion.


Hatherall B, Ingham R, Stone N et al. How, not just if, condoms are used: the timing of condom application and removal during vaginal sex among young people in England. Sex Transm Infect 2006 doi:10.1136/sti.2006.021410

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