"In AIDS Cities, Education Increases Condom Use, Cuts Sexual
Washington Post (06/04/99) P. A18
A longitudinal study by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that
education efforts in eight major cities have boosted condom
use and decreased sexual activity among high school students.
The CDC dispensed surveys to over 40,000 public school
students, grades nine through 12, in 1992, 1993, 1995, and
1997. The cities involved in the study were Boston, Chicago,
Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, and
Jersey City. The CDC noted declines in the percentages of
students who had ever had intercourse in all eight cities,
although the changes were only statistically significant in
Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and Fort Lauderdale. Those four
cities also saw significant declines in the percentage of
students who already had four or more sexual partners.
Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Jersey City, Miami, and
Philadelphia all saw significant boosts in condom use, with
the totals ranging from a 25 percent increase in Dallas to a
more than 50 percent increase in Jersey City.