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Male condom as main contraception for women in Europe 2018, by country

In 2018, Finland had the highest prevalence in Europe of women aged 15 to 49 years using the male condom as their main form of contraception with almost 31 percent doing so. Additionally, Spain and the United Kingdom had a 28.4 and 27 percent share respectively of women using the male condom for contraception. In Albania, only four percent of women used condoms as their main contraception method. Condoms are currently the only form of contraception that prevents both pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections

STIs in Europe

In 2017, there were over 400 thousand confirmed cases of Chlamydia in the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA). Iceland had the highest rate of Chlamydia with 650 cases per 100 thousand population, followed by Denmark with a rate of 573. Furthermore, across the whole of Europe, there were over 33.2 thousand cases of Syphilis reported in 2017. The UK and Germany had the highest number of cases in their countries with each having over seven thousand cases reported in this year.

HIV transmissions through sex

There were approximately 8.6 thousand people in Europe who were diagnosed with HIV through heterosexual sex in 2018, although the number of transmissions has been dropping year-on-year since 2009. Furthermore, over 10.3 thousand new cases of HIV diagnosed were among men who had sex with men in Europe in 2018, although the number of cases has been dropping since 2014.

Prevalence of male condom as the main contraceptive method among women in Europe in 2018, by country

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September 2019



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Age group

15-49 years

Special properties

Women who are married or in union

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