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Sex Transm Dis. 1998 Jul;25(6):273-7.

Assessing condom use practices. Implications for evaluating method and user effectiveness.

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  • 1Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Consistent and correct condom use remains important to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention. Although many studies evaluate consistent condom use, few examine how condoms are used during intercourse.

GOALS:

Assess how user practices affect exposure to risks of pregnancy and infection during condom use.

STUDY DESIGN:

A cross-sectional survey on condom behaviors in the past month was conducted among 98 male students attending two Georgia universities.

RESULTS:

Altogether, 35 of 270 total condom uses (13.0%, 95% confidence interval, 7.4-18.5) resulted in potential exposure to sexually transmitted disease and/or HIV infection or pregnancy. Both consistent and inconsistent users were similarly likely to report potential exposures during condom use.

CONCLUSION:

These findings suggest condom problems occur among both consistent and inconsistent users. Future studies of condom effectiveness must distinguish whether condoms were used both consistently and correctly.

PMID:
9662759
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