Barrier Methods of Prevention

AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 451-457

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Toward Errorless Condom Use: A Comparison of Two Courses to Improve Condom Use Skills

  • Dana F. LindemannAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Washington State University
  • , Thomas A. BrighamAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Washington State UniversityDepartment of Psychology, Washington State University Email author 
  • , Colin R. HarbkeAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Washington State University
  • , Teresa AlexanderAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Washington State University

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Traditionally, researchers have focused HIV/AIDS prevention efforts on increasing condom use, yet few researchers have assessed condom use skills. Because incorrect condom use may lead to condom failure, promoting condom use without ensuring participants have the skills necessary for correct condom use may lead to increased risk of exposure. This study compared the effects of two condom use courses on condom use skills. These courses were administered as part of a HIV/AIDS educational program for college students. Participants in the treatment groups (n=179) attended either a limited, 1-Session, or extensive, 3-Session, condom use course, and an additional 108 participants served as a Control Group. Condom use skills increased among participants in both treatment groups; however, the greatest improvement was among those in the 3-Session Group. This finding supports use of the extensive, 3-Session course as a more effective means for improving condom use skills.

KEY WORDS:

MOCUS condom use skills condom use failures HIV/AIDS interventions