A comparison of condom use errors and problems for heterosexual anal and vaginal intercourse

Topping, A.A., Milhausen, R.R., Graham, C.A., Sanders, S.A., Yarber, W.L. and Crosby, R.A. (2011) A comparison of condom use errors and problems for heterosexual anal and vaginal intercourse. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 22, (4), 204-208. (doi:10.1258/ijsa.2011.010259). (PMID:21515752).


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Condom use errors and problems were compared for anal and vaginal intercourse among a convenience sample of heterosexual men aged 18–66 years (n = 757). Men completed an online questionnaire for the last male condom use event for penile–anal (10.4%) or penile–vaginal (89.6%) intercourse. The prevalence of condom use errors and problems was similar regardless of intercourse type with a few exceptions; those reporting anal intercourse were significantly more likely to report using water-based (P < 0.001) and oil-based (P = 0.037) lubricant and to remove condoms before sex was finished (P < 0.001). The large majority of the sample (93.8%) reported at least one of the nine errors assessed and almost half (46.2%) reported at least one of the seven problems, indicating that many adults may need assistance with these issues. Condom use promotion programmes designed for heterosexual adults are needed that address condom use errors and problems for penile–anal as well as penile–vaginal intercourse.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1258/ijsa.2011.010259
ISSNs: 0956-4624 (print)
Keywords: condom, condom use errors, condom use problems, anal sex, anal intercourse, men, heterosexual, sexual behaviour
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology
ePrint ID: 206697
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2011Published
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 09:55
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/206697

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