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28    Across developing countries 28 per cent of young women aged 15-24 used a condom at last high risk sex, compared with 43 percent for young men.

Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Target 6A: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS

Indicator 6.2: Condom use at last high-risk sex


Young women in developing countries are less likely than young men to use condoms during higher-risk sex.  Condom use is also much less common among young people in poorer households and in rural areas.

Overall, condom use during higher-risk sex is still low in most developing countries – it averages less than half among young men and one third among young women.

Improvements have been noted in a few countries in all regions, but significant variations remain. Many countries do not provide information on condoms to school-aged young people; fewer still support their access to condoms or offer counselling on condom use.

Source: UNICEF global databases, 2010

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