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Aust N Z J Public Health. 2006 Dec;30(6):555-7.

Pregnancy and contraceptive use in a national representative sample of Australian secondary school students.

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Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, Victoria.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine rate of pregnancy and use of contraception in a nationally representative sample of school students.

METHODS:

Year 10 and 12 students from a representative random sample of schools throughout Australia completed a survey concerning health and sexual behaviour.

RESULTS:

Thirty-five per cent of students had experienced sexual intercourse. Of these, 6.1% (males 4.1%, females 7.8%) reported they had experienced sex that resulted in pregnancy, and a further 7.5% were unsure. Most sexually active students reported using a condom (65%), and a further 36.8% reported using the pill for contraception the last time they had sex. Relatively few students (17.2%) used a dual contraceptive (female method and condom).

CONCLUSIONS:

Rates of reported pregnancy among Year 10 and 12 students are relatively high. Although the majority of students used some form of contraception when they had sex, a significant minority practised unprotected and unsafe sex.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE:

Sex education concerning pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection risks must be delivered early enough to influence first and early sexual activity.

PMID:
17209272
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