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Refining Self-Reported Condom Use Among Young Men at Risk of HIV Acquisition

November 12, 2007

The researchers performed this descriptive study to evaluate the validity of self-reported condom use among young African-American men.

Thirty percent (n=79) of subjects reported consistent condom use. However, after the researchers took into account such errors as late application and/or early condom removal, slippage and breakage, only 26 men were classified as consistent condom users. The 79 men initially classified as consistent condom users reported 695 episodes of condom-protected sex. After correcting for user errors, however, 29.6 percent of the sexual encounters were found not to be condom-protected.

The authors concluded, "Studies assessing self-reported condom use among young African-American men should assess user errors as well as frequency of condom use."

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Adapted from:
Sexual Health
8.2007; Vol. 4; No. 3: P. 211-212; Richard Crosby; Ralph J. DiClemente; William L. Yarber; Gregory Snow; Adewale Troutman

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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