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AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 7, pp 1328-1331

Incomplete Use of Condoms: The Importance of Sexual Arousal

  • Cynthia A. GrahamAffiliated withOxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology, University of OxfordThe Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana UniversityRural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana UniversityOxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology, Isis Education Centre, Warneford Hospital Email author 
  • , Richard A. CrosbyAffiliated withThe Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana UniversityRural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana UniversityCollege of Public Health at the University of Kentucky
  • , Robin R. MilhausenAffiliated withThe Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana UniversityRural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana UniversityDepartment of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph
  • , Stephanie A. SandersAffiliated withThe Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana UniversityRural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana UniversityDepartment of Gender Studies, Indiana University
  • , William L. YarberAffiliated withThe Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Indiana UniversityRural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana UniversityDepartment of Gender Studies, Indiana UniversityDepartment of Applied Health Science, Indiana University

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify associations between incomplete condom use (not using condoms from start to finish of sex) and sexual arousal variables. A convenience sample of heterosexual men (n = 761) completed a web-based questionnaire. Men who scored higher on sexual arousability were more likely to put a condom on after sex had begun (AOR = 1.58). Men who reported difficulty reaching orgasm were more likely to report removing condoms before sex was over (AOR = 2.08). These findings suggest that sexual arousal may be an important, and under-studied, factor associated with incomplete use of condoms.

Keywords

Condoms Sexual pleasure Erection STI risk Men