Adolescents are highly vulnerable to STDs, including HIV.
Condoms remain the most accessible and cost-effective HIV and STD prevention tool for sexually active adolescents. Further, condoms are the only prevention method that can both reduce the transmission of HIV/STDs and prevent unintended pregnancy.
Unfortunately, only 54% of sexually active U.S. adolescents used a condom at last intercourse. It is critical that we understand the factors that most strongly predict condom use so that they may be targeted in future efforts to increase condom use among adolescents.