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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