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Women Who Put Condoms on Male Partners: Correlates of Condom Application

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Objective: To identify correlates of women applying condoms. Methods: Cross-sectional survey of 533 sexually-active women; questionnaire. Results: Of the condom users (n=322), 31.7 reported applying condoms at least oncean average on 59.7 of the occasions. Compared to nonappliers, appliers had more positive affect toward sexually related situations (erotophilia, P=.004) and a higher frequency of sex (P=.003). Condom users, compared to nonusers, were significantly younger (P=.001), were less likely to be in sexually exclusive relationships (P=.001) or married (P=.01), and reported more partners in the past 3 months (P=.001). Conclusions: Condom-applying women may have more positive attitudes toward sexuality and engage in a higher frequency of sexual activity.

Keywords: condoms; education; sexual behaviors; sexually transmitted diseases; women

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Associate Director, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Bloomington, IN. 2: Research Tutor, Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology, Oxford, UK. 3: Professor, Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 4: Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. 5: Assistant Professor, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Publication date: 2006-09-01

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