CDC survey shows more teenagers use condoms
19th October 2011
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recently published a survey which indicates that a higher number of sexually active teenagers are now using condoms, either on it’s own or in conjunction with their partner’s hormonal contraceptive. After a slight increase in the teen birth rate between 2005-2007, the numbers are once again on the down. Researcher Gladys Martinez, PhD, of the CDC’s division of vital statistics, commented “The slight increase from 2005 to 2007 generated concern that progress over the past two decades in reducing teen pregnancies could have stalled. However, date for 2008 and 2009 show that the teen birth rate again declined from the rate in 2007”. The US based study proved that improvements have been made over the last 20 years. In 1991 (its peak), the teen birth rate for girls aged 15-19 was 61.8 births per every 1000. However by 2009 this had dropped to 39.1 births per every 1000. The statistics from the survey conducted by the CDC, were acquired via face-to-face interviews with 4,662 teenagers between 2006 and 2010. The most popular and widely used contraceptive amongst teens still remains the condom. 80% of teenage boys claimed to have used a condom when they first had sex and 16% said they had used a condom together with their partner’s hormonal method. From 2002, this represents an increase of 9% and 6% respectively. For girls, contraceptive methods such as injectables, emergency contraception, and the crontraceptive patch and ring were also now being used more often.  The number of teenage girls who said they had tried these non-pill hormonal contraceptives stood at just 2% in 2002, however had risen to 6% in 2006 – 2010. At Medical Specialists we have vastly expanded our product range and now offer our customers a variety of different condoms that suit you and your partner’s needs. Head to our Chemist Shop today and discover low prices on the popular Durex brand of condoms such as Performax Intense, Fetherlite Ultra, Reel Feel, and more. In addition we offer the Skins brand of commons which are thinner than most condoms and offer a little more lubrication. Just some of the options here include the Assorted pack, Ultra-Thin, Dots and Ribs, etc. Browse the condoms section in our Chemist Shop to discover many more choices!