An Intervention That May Be Effective In Increasing Condom Use

Bobbie Emetu

This pilot study tested the efficacy of a brief, novel, theory-driven, self-guided, home-based intervention designed to promote condom use among young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Thirty YMSM were recruited from a large public US midwestern university during spring of 2012. The intervention was tested using a repeated measures design with the primary follow-up assessment occurring 6 weeks after enrollment. Forty-five percent of men reported a reduced frequency of unprotected insertive penile–anal intercourse in the past 30 days compared with baseline (p = .01). Consistency of condom use improved (p = .013), as did motivation to use condoms correctly, condom use self-efficacy, and condom attitudes. All participants indicated that they were glad they participated, would recommend the program, and that overall, they had liked the program. This pilot study supports an expanded trial of this intervention with MSM at high-risk of acquiring human immunodeficiency virus/sexually transmitted infections (HIV/STIs).

Emetu, R. E., Marshal, A., Sanders, S. A., Yarber, W. L., Milhausen, R. R., Crosby, R. A., & Graham, C. A. (2014). A novel, self-guided, home-based intervention to improve condom use among young men who have sex with men. Journal of American College Health, 62(2), 118-124.

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