Condom Myths

Myths About Condoms
Misinformation and misunderstanding persist about condom effectiveness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the following updated information to address some common myths about condoms. This information is based on findings from recent epidemiologic, laboratory, and clinical studies.

In a recent study of youth in Switzerland, an AIDS prevention program focusing on condom use did not increase sexual activity or the number of sex partners. But condom use did increase among those who were already sexually active. A 1987 study of young U.S. men who were sent a pamphlet discussing STDs with an offer of free condoms did not find any increase in the youths’ reported sexual activity.