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Being drunk and high during sex is not associated with condom use behaviours: a study of high-risk young Black males

Being drunk and high during sex is not associated with condom use behaviours: a study of high-risk young Black males
Being drunk and high during sex is not associated with condom use behaviours: a study of high-risk young Black males
Objective: to assess the relationship between the frequency of being drunk and high during sex, and condom use errors and problems (CUEP) among a sample of high-risk young Black males recruited from the United States.

Methods: data were collected in clinics treating sexually transmissible infections in three cities in the southern United States. Males 15–23 years of age (n = 697) who identified as African-American and reported recent (past 2 months) condom use were eligible. Measures of alcohol and drug use, as well as condom use behaviours were assessed by audio-computer assisted self-interview. Eighteen CUEP were included in this assessment.

Results: sixteen bivariate correlations were obtained. The magnitude of the coefficients was small, ranging from 0.01 to 0.13. Only three were significant. These were positive associations between the frequency of being drunk and the frequency of unprotected vaginal sex, as well as the frequency of the 18-item measure of CUEP. A significant correlation was also found between the frequency of being high during sex and the frequency of unprotected vaginal sex. Adjustments for age did not change the findings.

Conclusions: interventions designed to promote safer sex behaviours among young Black males attending sexually transmissible infection clinics are no more likely to benefit patients through the inclusion of messages and training attempting to dissuade the use of alcohol and drugs before or during sex
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Crosby, Richard A.
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Milhausen, Robin R.
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Sanders, Stephanie
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Graham, Cynthia A.
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Yarber, William L.
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Milhausen, Robin R.
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Sanders, Stephanie
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Graham, Cynthia A.
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Yarber, William L.
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Crosby, Richard A., Milhausen, Robin R., Sanders, Stephanie, Graham, Cynthia A. and Yarber, William L. (2014) Being drunk and high during sex is not associated with condom use behaviours: a study of high-risk young Black males. Sexual Health. (doi:10.1071/SH13181).

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Abstract

Objective: to assess the relationship between the frequency of being drunk and high during sex, and condom use errors and problems (CUEP) among a sample of high-risk young Black males recruited from the United States.

Methods: data were collected in clinics treating sexually transmissible infections in three cities in the southern United States. Males 15–23 years of age (n = 697) who identified as African-American and reported recent (past 2 months) condom use were eligible. Measures of alcohol and drug use, as well as condom use behaviours were assessed by audio-computer assisted self-interview. Eighteen CUEP were included in this assessment.

Results: sixteen bivariate correlations were obtained. The magnitude of the coefficients was small, ranging from 0.01 to 0.13. Only three were significant. These were positive associations between the frequency of being drunk and the frequency of unprotected vaginal sex, as well as the frequency of the 18-item measure of CUEP. A significant correlation was also found between the frequency of being high during sex and the frequency of unprotected vaginal sex. Adjustments for age did not change the findings.

Conclusions: interventions designed to promote safer sex behaviours among young Black males attending sexually transmissible infection clinics are no more likely to benefit patients through the inclusion of messages and training attempting to dissuade the use of alcohol and drugs before or during sex

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e-pub ahead of print date: 2014
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 362786
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/362786
ISSN: 1448-5028
PURE UUID: a3dd9790-2b5e-4dd1-8368-cbe6f486da49
ORCID for Cynthia A. Graham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7884-599X

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Date deposited: 10 Mar 2014 11:39
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:43

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

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