What Are Your Condom Habits?
The good news is we are more likely than other ethnic groups to use condoms. The bad news is that using condoms still isn’t enough to drop the rate of AIDS infection among black folks. According to the Indiana University National Sex Study, not only are we most likely to wrap it up, but we are also most likely to be tested for HIV.
A whopping 92 percent of black male teens and 100 percent of black female teens say they used condoms the last time they had sex.
So what’s the problem? According to study author Michael Reece, Ph.D., it may be that the older we get the less consistent we are in using condoms. Black women ages 18 to 24 reported that 55.3 percent of their sexual encounters involve condoms. But by the time black women reach their 40s, less than 25 percent of their sexual encounters include condoms.
While some researchers tout the condom use percentages as a public health win, the behavior hasn’t yet made a dent in infection rates. “It’s important to remember that consistent condom use is the best way to prevent HIV and AIDS,” Reece says.