Condom Use Drops Among US Teens

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Here is something you don’t hear about everyday. Condom usage has dropped among teens in the US. If this is true, why are there more teen pregnancies each year?

The number of sexually active teens who use condoms has declined over the last decade, ironically, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2013, 59% of high school students who had sex in the last three months said they used a condom during their last sexual encounter, down from 63% in 2003.

The recent decline follows a period of rising condom use, between 1991 and 2003, the percentage of high school students who used a condom during their last sexual encounter increased from 46% to 63%.

The drop in teen condom use “shows the need for continued efforts from parents, schools and communities” to educate teens about condom use, said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC.

The percentage of teens that are currently sexually active has declined in the last few decades: from 38% in 1991 to 34% in 2013.

“We still think it’s too high, but at least the trend is going in the right direction,” Frieden said at a news conference today.

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