20 February 2014

Teens who text about condoms more likely to use them

A study indicates that high school students who use technology to discuss birth control are much more likely to use condoms when having sex.

High school students who discussed condoms or another form of birth control via text or other technology were almost four times as likely to use condoms when they had sex, a new study shows.

Widman studies adolescent sexuality at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "It's not all about risky behaviour. It might be another way that teens can have these conversations that can be a little bit awkward," she said.

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Research over the past 20 years shows that teenagers who communicate face to face with their sexual partners about condoms and other birth control are more likely to use condoms, Widman said.

Widman called for more studies to explore a link between technology and teen condom use. "Using technology is another avenue young people have for communicating about difficult or potentially embarrassing topics, including sexual health," she said. "We need to understand this much better than we do now."

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