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Teenage Girls Who Spend Boyfriends Money Far Less Likely to Use Condoms

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Pregnancy fears are the most common questions we get from teenage girls on EmpowHER. Some believe they can get pregnant by making out while wearing clothes, or believe they can never get pregnant unless there is full ejaculation inside their vagina.

Neither of these scenarios is true and these, as well as hundreds of other troublesome questions, have encouraged EmpowHER to step up and fill the gap so we can provide better sex education (including issues with sexuality) for women who don't understand how sex -- or their own bodies -- work. These educational pages can be found here: http://www.empowher.com/sexual-health-101/

A rather disappointing study conducted by the Maryland Population Research Center in College Park showed girls between the ages of 15-22 are 10 percent less likely to have used condoms in the past two months if their primary source of spending money comes from their boyfriends, as opposed to having jobs or getting money from parents or other family members.

Girls who dated males with cars were 50 percent less likely to use money and overall, girls who spent their boyfriends money to maintain a certain lifestyle were 50 percent less likely to use condoms. The study looked at the sexual and dating habits of 715 young black woman living in the Atlanta area.

The New York Times published a study in recent years about teens and STDs. The results of the national study showed that 50 percent of African American teens have a sexually transmitted infection or disease and 20 percent of white teens have been affected. Overall, one in four teens in America has had an sexually transmitted infection.

Condoms are approximately 98 percent effective and are widely available online and in drugstores. They cost from 25 cents to 75 cents per use -- a cheap and reliable way to protect against pregnancy and disease.

What is so concerning, according to Janet Rosenbaum who led the Maryland study, is that it shows that young women are willing to put themselves in danger of pregnancy and disease in return for money or a better lifestyle, given to them by males.

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