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Study Says Improper Condom Use Is Global Issue

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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) - Do condoms go hand-in-hand with safe sex? Only if they’re used correctly. But public health officials are saying that improper condom use is a problem, not just within the U.S., but everywhere around the world.

A new study published in the journal of Sexual Health provides a global picture of condom use, based on 50 articles representing 14 countries. Led by the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team, researchers from around the world compared notes on condom habits and issues, including the use of female condoms in South Africa and counterfeit condoms in China.

The most common errors included not using condoms throughout sex, not leaving space or squeezing air from the tip of the condom, putting condoms on upside down, not using water-based lubricants and incorrect withdrawal. Other problems included breakage, slippage, leakage and difficulties with fit and feel.

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