Condom use among low-income African American males attending an STD clinic

Diane M. Grimley, Edward W. Hook, Ralph J. DiClemente, Patricia A. Lee

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Objective: To evaluate condomuse attitudes and behaviors among low-income, primarily African American, male patients seeking care at an urban sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic. Methods: Via face-to-face interviews, 224 males completed a theory-based questionnaire regarding condom use. Results: The results show that although respondents had obvious signs and symptoms of infection and that 65% were "repeaters" at the clinic, 66% of the sample reporting a main partner and 33% of those with other types of sexual partners were not motivationally ready to use condoms consistently. Conclusion: Based on their STD clinic attendance, these men obviously perceive themselves at risk for STDs, but appear to cope with this risk by choosing to engage in secondary rather than primary preventive behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004


  • Condom use
  • Prevention
  • STDs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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