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How well protected are sexually active 15 year olds? Cross national patterns in condom and contraceptive pill use 2002 - 2006.

Creator:

Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse;

Institution: Springer
Subject Keywords: Adolescence; Sexual behaviour; Contraception use; Cross-national comparisons; Health behaviour in school-aged children (HBSC); Health Promotion;
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Objectives - To present comparative data on sexual initiation, and condom use and contraceptive pill use at last intercourse among adolescents in Europe, Israel and Canada.
Methods - Data were collected by self-report questionnaire from nationally representative samples of 15 year olds in school classrooms in two cross-national surveys undertaken in 24 countries in 2001/02 and 30 countries in 2005/06.
Results - In 2005/06 almost 27% of those surveyed had had sex and almost 86% reported using condoms or the contraceptive pill at last intercourse. This reflects little change since 2001/02 in prevalence of sexual initiation and a general increase in being well-protected at last intercourse. There were wide variations with up to a third of sexually active 15 year olds in some countries at risk for either Sexually Transmitted Infections or pregnancy, or both.
Conclusions - Most adolescents were well protected against Sexually Transmitted Infections and pregnancy, but an important minority remain at risk, with very wide cross-national differences.

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Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse; . () How well protected are sexually active 15 year olds? Cross national patterns in condom and contraceptive pill use 2002 - 2006. [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/660396 [Accessed: 22nd July 2019].

  

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