Brief Report

AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 865-871

Predictors of Consistent Condom Use Among Young African American Women

  • Richard A. CrosbyAffiliated withCollege of Public Health at the University of KentuckyRural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University Email author 
  • , Ralph J. DiClementeAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory Center for AIDS ResearchDivision of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of MedicineDepartment of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Emory University School of Medicine
  • , Laura F. SalazarAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory Center for AIDS Research
  • , Gina M. WingoodAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory Center for AIDS Research
  • , Jessica McDermott-SalesAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health
  • , April M. YoungAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health
  • , Eve RoseAffiliated withDepartment of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the predictive value of selected factors to the consistent use of condoms among high-risk young African American women. A clinic-based, prospective, study of 242 young, African-American women (ages 15–21) was conducted. In multivariate analysis, consistent condom use was predicted by having greater perceptions of condom negotiation self-efficacy, lower fear of negotiating condom use, and having communicated with sex partners (during the recall period) about condom use. Relational variables were predictive of consistent condom use among young African American women. STD/HIV preventive interventions should target these factors, perhaps in dyad-level interventions.

Keywords

African Americans Adolescent females Condom use Sexual behavior Sexually transmitted infections