Saskatchewan Young People Use Condoms More Often Than Other Canadians
Thanks in large part to community organization and outreach, sexually active young people (aged 15 to 24) in Saskatchewan reportedly use condoms more often than others their age across Canada as a whole. According to a recent study from Statistics Canada, 70 percent of younger Saskatchewans used a condom the last time they had sex with a partner compared to sexually active Canadians, in general, who wore a condom only 60 percent of the time.
In Manitoba and Ontario, 67 percent surveyed wrapped it up during sex, coming in a close second to Saskatchewan. Alberta and Quebec fell below the national average at 58 and 48 percent respectively.
When broken down between participants with one partner versus multiple partners, those with more than one sexual partner use a condom more often. In Saskatchewan, 65 percent of people with a single partner wore a condom, while 79 percent with multiple partners reported doing so. Nationally in Canada, the numbers break down to wearing a condom 60 percent of the time with a single partner and 66 percent with multiple partners.
The above average condom use in Saskatchewan was driven, primarily, by a free program providing condoms to businesses and organizations run by Saskatoon Sexual Health’s Wrap It Up program.