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Fam Plann Perspect. 1993 Mar-Apr;25(2):61-6.

Condom use among U.S. men, 1991.

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  • 1Battelle Human Affairs Research Center, Seattle.


A 1991 study of a nationally representative sample of men aged 20-39 finds that 27% of sexually active men had used a condom in the four weeks before interview. Black men are more likely than white men to report condom use (38% vs. 25%), and men younger than 30 are more likely to do so than are those older than 30 (36% vs. 19%). Among white men, condom use increases with years of education; among black men, however, those with 12 years of education are much less likely to report condom use than are those with more or less than 12 years (28% vs. 43-50%). Condom use is positively related to number of partners. Men who have engaged in anal intercourse, those who have had a one-night stand and those who are bisexual or homosexual are also more likely to report condom use. Among those who reported using a condom in the previous four weeks, 55% of whites and 18% of blacks had done so only for birth control and 7% of whites and 9% of blacks had done so only for protection against infection with the human immunodeficiency virus and other sexually transmitted organisms; the remainder had used a condom for both reasons.

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