Prevalence of condom use errors among STD clinic patients

Am J Health Behav. 2005 Jul-Aug;29(4):324-30. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.29.4.4.


Objective: To evaluate potential associations among condom errors and gonorrhea and chlamydial infection among a population of sexually transmitted disease clinic patients.

Methods: Audio computer-assisted self-interviewing was used to conduct a cross-sectional survey with 1124 participants. Biological specimens were collected during the evaluation visit.

Results: A substantial proportion of participants reported condom-use errors with condom breakage statistically associated with gonorrhea infection among males at enrollment (AOR = 1.91; 95% CI: 123-2.96; P = .004).

Conclusion: Behavioral interventions that promote consistent condom use must provide the necessary skills associated with proper condom use.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Chlamydia Infections / prevention & control*
  • Chlamydia Infections / transmission
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Gonorrhea / prevention & control*
  • Gonorrhea / transmission
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk-Taking
  • Self Efficacy*