Background: An essential yet understudied aspect of condom use is whether they are used correctly. Goal: The goal of the study was to comprehensively evaluate condom use errors and problems reported by heterosexual college men (N = 158). Study Design: A cross-sectional survey, involving a 3-month recall period, was conducted. Results: Of the 158 participants, 60% did not discuss condom use with their partner before sex; 42% reported they wanted to use condoms but did not have any available; 43% put condoms on after starting sex; 15% removed condoms before ending sex; 40% did not leave space at the tip; 30% placed the condom upside down on the penis and had to flip it over; and 32% reported losing erections in association with condom use. Nearly one-third reported breakage or slippage during sex. Few participants reported errors related to lubrication, storage, and reusing condoms. Higher error scores were associated with breakage/slippage rather than with consistency of condom use. Conclusion: Condom use errors were common, and error scores were associated with breakage and slippage. Increasing the focus on correcting potential user failures may be an important public health strategy.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Sexually Transmitted Diseases|
|State||Published - Sep 2 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases