Teens who text about condoms more likely to use them

By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – High school students who discussed condoms or another form of birth control via text or other technology were almost four times as likely to use condoms when they had sex, a new study shows. “Not all technology use is necessarily harmful,” the study’s lead author, Laura Widman, told Reuters Health. “Although prior research and media attention has focused on the risks of technology use – like sexting, we found that adolescents might also use electronic tools to communicate about ways they might promote their sexual health,” she said. Of the 64 who reported being sexually active, more than half admitted failing to consistently use condoms, the researchers wrote in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
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