This descriptive study evaluated the validity of self-reported condom use among young African American men. Thirty percent (n = 79) of the men reported consistent condom use. After accounting for late application and/or early removal of condoms, slippage, and breakage, 26 men remained classified as consistent users. Among the 79 men initially classified as consistent condom users, 695 sexual episodes were reported as 'condom-protected;' however, after correcting for user error, 29.6% of the sexual episodes were actually not protected. 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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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases