Changes in sexual behavior and condom use among teenaged males: 1988 to 1995

Freya L. Sonenstein, Leighton Ku, Laura Duberstein Lindberg, Charles F. Turner, Joseph H. Pleck

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Objectives. This study examines shifts in sexual experienced and condom used among US teenaged males. Methods. Results from the 1988 and 1995 National Surveys of Adolescent Males were compared. Results. The proportion of never-married 16 to 19-years-old males who had had sex with a female declined from 60% to 55% (P = .06). The share of those sexually active using a condom at last intercourse rose from 57% to 67% (P < .01). Overall, the proportion of males who had sex without condoms last year declined from 37% to 27% (P < .001). Conclusions. Although protective behaviors among teenagers have increased, significant proportions of teenagers - especially Black and Hispanic males remain unprotected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)956-959
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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