Friday, February 4, 2011

New study reveals implications for those working with youth

Lack of consistent condom use places many young adults at high risk for STIs. The incidence of common bacterial and viral STIs are highest among this population. 

A recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, Vol 19(3) 2010 points to a factor contributing to these high STI rates: the discontinuation of condom use.

The qualitative study of young women found that discontinuation of condom use appears to be perceived as a sign of commitment in the relationship, and movement to a more formal relationship status.  However, assessment of STI risk should still be considered first.

For professionals working with youth, this is a clear reminder that this conversation is worth having with young people and it is an opportunity to encourage partners to go for STI testing before tossing out the condoms.

Read the study>>