What are the AAP recommendations for improving the use of condoms for contraception among adolescents?

Updated: Oct 06, 2020
  • Author: Frances E Casey, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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In a November 2013 policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provided updated recommendations for improving the use of condoms among adolescents. These include the following:

  • Adolescents should be encouraged to abstain from sexual intercourse or postpone future sexual relationships

  • Pediatricians should play a role in educating adolescents and their parents about responsible sexual activity and encouraging the correct use of condoms among adolescents who are sexually active

  • Health education programs for K-12 children should provide education and counseling about sexual activity and be integrated into collaborative, community-based condom-availability programs

  • School-based condom distribution should be considered a valid means of obtaining contraception

  • Pediatricians and other clinicians should help to make condoms more available to adolescents by providing condoms directly and by encouraging better condom availability in the community

  • Pediatricians should raise awareness that the onset and frequency of sexual activity among adolescents are not increased by better access to condoms

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