A recently published study in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine reports on the use of condoms in 715 African American females aged 15-21. Participants who had engaged in intercourse within the last 14 days were asked how frequently they had used condoms. Vaginal fluid from the participants was then tested for evidence of sperm. Of the 186 participants who reported 100% condom use, 63 (34%) had evidence of sperm in their vaginal fluid. The authors note that their study did not try to explain why so many of the participants who reported consistent condom use had evidence of sperm in their vaginal fluid. Some possible reasons that the authors suggested were misreporting condom use, incorrectly using condoms, or wanting to give a socially desirable response.
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The Effectiveness (%) of Condoms for STI Risk Reduction
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