The facts about condom use show that most sexually active people use them incorrectly, if at all. Two-thirds of sex acts among single adults don’t involve a condom.

According to the American Social Health Association, the problem is easily solvable.

The organization hosted a discussion Monday on “condomology,” an initiative to educate consumers on sexual health with facts and preventive measures.

“Condoms are your only contraceptive option that can prevent both unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases,” cites the association. Other statistics included:

  • condoms prevent pregnancy 98 percent of the time, reduce the risk of HIV by 80-94 percent and also protect against chlamydia and gonorrhea;
  • 50 percent of all U.S. pregnancies are unintended; and
  • roughly 50,000 Americans contract HIV each year even though “transmission of HIV among consistent condom users is rare.”

Improper condom practices — such as late application or early removal — account for a large number of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, according to the fact sheet. The organization has posted to its YouTube channel videos on how condoms are made and correct condom usage.

Visit ASHA online for more information on sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases.

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