Condom refusal and young black men: The influence of pleasure, sexual partners, and friends

Angelica Geter, Richard Crosby

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Abstract

The study investigated pleasure-related, partner-related, and social normative correlates of recent condom refusal in young Black men (YBM). A cross-sectional study of YBM (N∈=∈561) attending clinics treating sexually transmitted diseases in three cities was conducted. Mean age was 19.6 years (SD∈=∈1.87). Nearly one of every two young men (46.8 %) indicated recent refusal to use a condom after a request from their partner. Significant findings included the following: partner-related beliefs "I feel closer to my partner without a condom" (OR∈=∈2.52, 95 % confidence interval (CI)∈=∈1.65-3.83) and "condoms make sex hurt for the female partner" (OR∈=∈1.69, 95 % CI∈=∈1.14-2. 52), a scale measure of pleasure-related beliefs (OR∈=∈2.58, 95 % CI∈=∈1.73-3.84), and a scale measure of negative social beliefs associated with condom usage (OR∈=∈1.05, 95 % CI∈=∈1. 00∈-∈1.10). Interventions addressing pleasure-related, partner-related, and social normative beliefs as barriers to condom use are warranted for YBM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-546
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Urban Health
Volume91
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the second author, R01MH083621.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Urban Studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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