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Int J Public Health. 2009 Sep;54 Suppl 2:209-15. doi: 10.1007/s00038-009-5412-x.

How well protected are sexually active 15-year olds? Cross-national patterns in condom and contraceptive pill use 2002-2006.

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Health Promotion Research Centre, School of Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. saoirse.nicgabhainn@nuigalway.ie

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To present comparative data on sexual initiation, and condom use and contraceptive pill use at last intercourse among adolescents in Europe, Israel and Canada.

METHODS:

Data were collected by self-report questionnaire from nationally representative samples of 15 year olds in school classrooms in two cross-national surveys undertaken in 24 countries in 2001/02 and 30 countries in 2005/06.

RESULTS:

In 2005/06 almost 27% of those surveyed had had sex and almost 86% reported using condoms or the contraceptive pill at last intercourse. This reflects little change since 2001/02 in prevalence of sexual initiation and a general increase in being well-protected at last intercourse. There were wide variations with up to a third of sexually active 15 year olds in some countries at risk for either Sexually Transmitted Infections or pregnancy, or both.

CONCLUSIONS:

Most adolescents were well protected against Sexually Transmitted Infections and pregnancy, but an important minority remain at risk, with very wide cross-national differences.

PMID:
19618109
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-009-5412-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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