Adolescents’ Discussions about Contraception or STDS with Partners before Sex

ReportHealthSep 1 2007

Examines individual, family and relationship factors that determine whether teenagers discuss contraception or STDs with their sexual partners before having sex for the first time. Concludes that by increasing teenagers’ knowledge about condoms and other methods of contraception, pregnancy and STD prevention programs can help to encourage communication among teenage partners before the initiation of sexual intercourse. Programs should also encourage conversations between parents and teenagers, even when not about sex.