The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to assess prevalence and correlates of correct condom use among high-risk African American men attending a publicly funded sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic. Men 18 through 29 years of age and newly diagnosed with an STD were further assessed for study eligibility. Of 296 meeting eligibility criteria, 271 agreed to participate, thereby yielding a participation rate of 91.5%. Correct use, assessed by an index, was reported by 38%. Correct use was associated with having sex with three or fewer female sex partners, being in an exclusive relationship, not indicating problems with the fit or feel of condoms, and not being drunk/high while using condoms. The correct use of condoms among young African American men newly diagnosed with an STD may be a function of situational factors. These factors could potentially be addressed in the context of clinic-based behavioral intervention programs.
- Sexual behavior
- Sexually transmitted infections
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Social Psychology
- Reproductive Medicine
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health