August 9th, 2022

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Sexual Behavior and Contraceptive Use at Brown University: 19752011
Authors:  Benjamin J. Peipert, B.A., Dana Marie Scott, M.D., Kristen A. Matteson, M.D., M.P.H., Melissa A. Clark, Ph.D., Qiuhong Zhao, M.S., and Jeffrey F. Peipert, M.D., Ph.D.
  OBJECTIVE: To assess sexual behaviors and contraceptive use in a sample of Brown University students.

STUDY DESIGN: A total of 255 undergraduate students responded to an anonymous online survey in May 2011. The survey addressed level of sexual activity, behaviors, and contraceptive use. Female responders were compared to results from surveys conducted in 1975, 1986, 1989, and 1995.

RESULTS: Of the surveyed undergraduates 62% were sexually active. Sexual activity among women was similar to that of previous survey years. Contraceptive pills were the most common primary contraceptive method, reported by 59% of students, and 32% used dual method contraceptive use for sexually transmitted disease (STD) and pregnancy prevention. We observed a plateau in condom use among women in 2011 after an increase from 19751995. Use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) was uncommon (3%).

CONCLUSION: Educational efforts should emphasize the effectiveness of LARC and dual method contraceptive use to reduce the risk of STDs and unintended pregnancies.
Keywords:  birth control, chlamydia, condoms, contraception, contraceptive IUD, contraceptive methods, female contraception, gonorrhea, HIV seroprevalence, human papillomavirus, intrauter-ine devices, sexual activity, sexual behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, STDs, students, surveys and questionnaires, universities, young adult
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