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Fam Plann Perspect. 1995 Jan-Feb;27(1):29-33.

Predictors of condom acquisition after an STD clinic visit.

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  • 1Education Development Center, Newton, Mass., USA.


Data from a survey of 691 men and women who made patient visits to an inner-city, sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic and were given coupons to redeem for condoms at a neighborhood pharmacy show that only 22% of the sample did so. Gender, ethnicity, marital status and education were not significant predictors of whether study participants redeemed their coupons. Factors that significantly predicted coupon redemption included the extent of acculturation and age, with those who were older and less acculturated more likely to do so. Other significant factors were having a primary sexual partner and having had more than one sexual partner in the last month; having ever had an STD was negatively associated with coupon redemption. A perception of being at high STD risk and a favorable attitude about condoms also significantly predicted condom acquisition. All these variables, except for attitude toward condoms and a history of an STD, remained significant when entered into a logistic regression controlling for the influence of all independently significant predictors.

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