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Most effective method of preventing STDs

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For sample persons age 18 to 59, STDPREVENT reports the contraceptive method that the respondent believed was best for preventing sexually transmitted diseases.


Interviewers asked, "Which of these do you think is the most effective for preventing sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea or AIDS?" Respondents were given a card with seven specific choices, and the survey form instructed interviewers to mark only one choice (including "don't know methods" and "don't know").

Choices included on the flashcard were:

  • Diaphragm
  • Condom (rubber)
  • IUD (loop, coil)
  • Rhythm (safe period by calendar)
  • Foam
  • Pill
  • Withdrawal (pulling out)


There are no comparability problems for STDPREVENT.


  • 1994-1995: Half of sample persons between 18 and 59 years of age (excluded from Y2K supplement).


  • 1994-1995