Does access to condoms influence adolescent sexual behavior?

S. Guttmacher, L. Lieberman, D. Ward

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Despite progress made in HIV prevention among many adult populations, HIV infection remains a threat to the health of both gay and straight adolescents. This study examined the impact of the New York City (NYC) public high school condom-availability program by comparing rates of sexual activity and condom use for NYC students with similar students in Chicago who did not have access to the program. Condom availability had a modest but significant effect on condom use at last intercourse but did not increase rates of sexual activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-205+209
JournalAIDS Reader
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998


  • Adolescence
  • HIV prevention
  • Public health


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