Study Examines Ways to Address Dual Risk of STIs and Unintended Pregnancy among Youth

In Strategies for Managing the Dual Risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections and Unintended Pregnancy Among Puerto Rican and African American Young Adults, authors Marion Carter, et al, examined prospective qualitative data from 69 urban Puerto Rican and African American individuals aged 18 to 25 years to determine how they managed risks for STIs and unintended pregnancy in their heterosexual relationships during a 4- to 8-week period. Hormonal or long-acting contraceptive use, condoms, and withdrawal were the most common unintended pregnancy prevention strategies; condoms, STI testing, and perceived fidelity were dominant among STI prevention strategies. The authors argue for a shift in focus from dual-method use toward a broader concept of dual protection to be more responsive to young adults’ concerns, perceptions, and priorities.

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