Incomplete use of condoms: The importance of sexual arousal

Cynthia A. Graham, Richard A. Crosby, Robin R. Milhausen, Stephanie A. Sanders, William L. Yarber

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The purpose of this study was to identify associations between incomplete condom use (not using condoms from start to finish of sex) and sexual arousal variables. A convenience sample of heterosexual men (n = 761) completed a web-based questionnaire. Men who scored higher on sexual arousability were more likely to put a condom on after sex had begun (AOR = 1.58). Men who reported difficulty reaching orgasm were more likely to report removing condoms before sex was over (AOR = 2.08). These findings suggest that sexual arousal may be an important, and under-studied, factor associated with incomplete use of condoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1328-1331
Number of pages4
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Condoms
  • Erection
  • Men
  • STI risk
  • Sexual pleasure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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