More Latin American Youth Having Sex With Contraception?

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept. 28, 2011: Forty percent of sexually active young people who have had intercourse with a new partner, without using contraception are from Latin America, a drop from last year, a new survey claims. marked the World Contraception Day (WCD) 2011 with the third annual multi-national survey, exploring young people’s attitudes to sex and contraception in a new study called: “Clueless or Clued Up.” The survey found that there was some good news among Latin American youths – more seemed to be using protection this year, down from 48 percent last year.

Still the most common reason for not using contraception includes a lack of preparedness for sexual activity, with between 21 percent to 38 percent of young people saying that they did not have a contraception method available at the time.

In Latin America, between 36 percent of young people in Argentina and 40 percent in Mexico and Venezuela gave this as a reason for not using contraception.

Fear that their parents/relatives would find out was also the main reason given across Latin America.

Still, within Latin America, most young people in Chile (57 percent) and Venezuela (40 percent) choose their gynecologist to get information, rather than the Internet. But when asked to rank their top three preferred sources of information on contraceptive options or preventing pregnancy, young people in Latin America listed the Internet as well.