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A novel, self-guided, home-based intervention to promote condom use among young men: a pilot study

Milhausen, Robin R., Wood, Jessica and Sanders, Stephanie A. et al. (2011) A novel, self-guided, home-based intervention to promote condom use among young men: a pilot study Journal of Men's Health, 8, (4), pp. 274-281. (doi:10.1016/j.jomh.2011.06.003).

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BACKGROUND: Current HIV prevention programs are often expensive to implement and require significant commitment on the part of participants and staff. These factors limit widespread implementation. Thus, there is an increasingly recognized need to develop and test brief interventions designed to promote safer sex.

METHODS: This study tested the potential efficacy of a brief, self-guided, home-based intervention to promote consistent and correct condom use among young men by focusing on condom use skill, enjoyment, and self-efficacy. The central focus of The Kinsey Institute® Homework Intervention Strategy (KIHIS) is that men practice applying, using, and removing condoms alone (a “low pressure” situation) trying various condoms and lubricants. A repeated measures evaluation compared 2-week, 6-week (n=28) and 4-month (n=17) follow-up evaluations to baseline (pre-intervention).

RESULTS: Despite limited sample size, significant post-intervention improvement was found for condom use experiences, confidence in the ability to use condoms, self-efficacy for condom use, and condom comfort and also a reduction in breakage and erection problems.

CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that The KIHIS, with its inherent potential for easy translation to public health STI clinics (requiring very little clinic resources), may have lasting and positive effects on subsequent condom use attitudes, skills, and behaviors.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 1 September 2011
Published date: December 2011
Keywords: condoms, men, sexual behavior, intervention
Organisations: Psychology


Local EPrints ID: 206695
ISSN: 1529-1197
PURE UUID: 2c7dba98-bd47-4ba9-ac46-4daefe0ffc83
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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:51

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Author: Robin R. Milhausen
Author: Jessica Wood
Author: Stephanie A. Sanders
Author: Richard A. Crosby
Author: William L. Yarber

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