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The Association of AIDS Education and Sex Education with Sexual Behavior and Condom Use Among Teenage Men

Leighton C. Ku, Freya L. Sonenstein and Joseph H. Pleck
Family Planning Perspectives
Vol. 24, No. 3 (May - Jun., 1992), pp. 100-106
Published by: Guttmacher Institute
DOI: 10.2307/2135538
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2135538
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

According to a 1988 nationally representative survey, most 15-19-year-old men in the United States have received formal instruction about AIDS (73%), birth control (79%) and resisting sexual activity (58%). Results of multivariate analyses show the receipt of AIDS education and sex education to be associated with modest but significant decreases in the number of partners and the frequency of intercourse in the year prior to the survey. Having received instruction in these topics was also associated with more consistent condom use. Instruction in some topics was associated with increases in knowledge and attitudes about AIDS, but these increases were not always correlated with safer behavior.

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