Safe Sex Statistics: Condom usage, STD’s, and Teen Pregnancy

By Benjamin Jorgensen / December 10, 2021

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Key Takeaways

  • 46% did not use a condom during the most recent sexual intercourse
  • Less than 10% have ever been examined for HIV
  • 180,000 babies are born to teenage girls who are 15-19 years old
  • There are 45 unplanned pregnancies for every 1,000 women aged 15-55 in the U.S
  • The rate of unplanned pregnancy is higher in the U.S. compared to other developed countries.
  • Condoms lower the risk of STDs with on average 80%
  • 33.44 million Americans use condoms every year (not many compared to adult population)

Unprotected Sex: Facts and Statistics

  • 38% of all high school students have had sexual intercourse
  • 7% had experienced physical force to have sexual intercourse
  • 9% have four or more sexual partners
  • 27% had sexual intercourse in the last 3 months

    Of which:
  • 12% failed to use any pregnancy-preventive measures
  • 21% were under the influence of drugs or alcohol before engaging in their last intercourse
  • 46% did not use a condom during the most recent sexual intercourse
  • Less than 10% have ever been examined for HIV
  • Less than 10% were able to be tested for STDs in the past year

Teen Pregnancy Statistics

  • In 2018, an estimate of 180,000 babies was born to teenage girls who are 15-19 years old
  • In 2011, there were 45 unplanned pregnancies for every 1,000 women aged 15-55 in the U.S. 
  • The rate of unplanned pregnancy is higher in the U.S. compared to other developed countries.

Pregnancy Statistics

  • In 2018, an estimate of 180,000 babies was born to teenage girls who are 15-19 years old
  • In 2011, there were 45 unplanned pregnancies for every 1,000 women aged 15-55 in the U.S. 
  • The rate of unplanned pregnancy is higher in the U.S. compared to other developed countries.

STD’s Statistics

  • In 2018, 21% of the total HIV diagnoses were included in the range of young individuals, aged 13-24. 
  • 88% were young males 
  • 2% were young women
  • Majority of the youth who acquired HIV in their adolescent age get it from sexual transmission. 
  • Annually, there are 10 million new STDs reported among young individuals between the ages of 15-24.


How Much Condoms Can Lower the Risk of STDs

  • Gonorrhea: 90%
  • Trichomoniasis: 90%
  • Hepatitis B: 90%
  • Syphilis: 50%-90%
  • Chlamydia: 50%-90%
  • HIV: 85%
  • Syphilis: 50%-71%


Usage of Condoms in the US in Numbers

Research conducted in 2020 shows that 33.44 million Americans used condoms. This is very far from the 292 million Americans who answered that they did not use condoms. (see figure below)

 

Practicing safe sex is statistically proven to prevent diseases and unplanned pregnancies. There are contraceptives, such as condoms, that can dramatically prevent the risk of sexually transmitted infections when used properly.

Statistics on Contraceptives and their Use Failure Rate

  • Intrauterine Contraception
  • Levonorgestrel intrauterine system (0.1-0.4%)
  • Copper T intrauterine device (0.8%)
  • Barrier Methods
  • Diaphragm or cervical cap (17%)
  • Sponge (14%)
  • Male condom (13%)
  • The female condom (21%)
  • Spermicides (21%)
  • Hormonal Methods
  • Implant (0.1%)
  • Injection or “shot” (4%)
  • Combined oral contraceptives (7%)
  • Progestin-only pill (7%)
  • Patch (7%)
  • Hormonal vaginal contraceptive ring (7%)

Statistics on Condom Failure That Lead to Unintended Pregnancy

  • Breakage (0.8%-40.7%)
  • Slippage (3.1%-19.3%)
  • Leakage (0.4%-6.5%)

Despite the above-mentioned issues, using a condom is still statistically the best possible protection against STIs. It serves as a barrier so that vaginal fluids, semen, and blood will not be transmitted between partners.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends individuals aged 13-64 undergo HIV tests at least once as part of their regular medical care.

Unprotected sex, also known as “condomless sex” is proven to cause various risks for both sexual partners, such as:

  • Higher transmission risk of sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, and even hepatitis
  • The risk of acquiring an STI is much higher for those who have multiple sexual partners
  • Acquiring an STI makes a person more vulnerable to HIV
  • HIV transmission is at higher risk with unprotected sex

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References:

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/safe-sex
https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sexualbehaviors/index.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2019/foreword.htm
http://cdc.gov/std/statistics/default.htm
https://www.webmd.com/hiv-aids/safe-sex-preventing-hiv-aids-stds
https://www.statista.com/statistics/275455/us-households-usage-of-condoms/
https://hivinfo.nih.gov/understanding-hiv/fact-sheets/hiv-and-children-and-adolescents
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4660551/