Condom-related problems among a racially diverse sample of young men who have sex with men

Steve N. Du Bois, Erin Emerson, Brian Mustanski*

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Abstract

We described frequencies of condom-related problems in a racially diverse sample of young men who have sex with men (YMSM), and tested these condomrelated problems as an explanation for racial disparities in HIV rates among YMSM. Participants were 119 YMSM from a longitudinal study of sexual minority health behaviors. Almost all participants (95.4%) experienced at least one condom error. On average, African American and non- African American YMSM experienced the same number of recent condom-related problems. Therefore, differences in condom-related problems are unlikely to explain racial disparities in HIV rates among YMSM. When serving YMSM, providers should both promote condom use and explain steps to correct condom use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1342-1346
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

Keywords

  • Condom error
  • Condom failure
  • HIV prevention
  • STI
  • YMSM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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