AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 7, pp 1342–1346 | Cite as

Condom-Related Problems Among a Racially Diverse Sample of Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

  • Steve N. Du Bois
  • Erin Emerson
  • Brian MustanskiEmail author
Brief Report


We described frequencies of condom-related problems in a racially diverse sample of young men who have sex with men (YMSM), and tested these condom-related problems as an explanation for racial disparities in HIV rates among YMSM. Participants were 119 YMSM from a longitudinal study of sexual minority health behaviors. Almost all participants (95.4%) experienced at least one condom error. On average, African American and non-African American YMSM experienced the same number of recent condom-related problems. Therefore, differences in condom-related problems are unlikely to explain racial disparities in HIV rates among YMSM. When serving YMSM, providers should both promote condom use and explain steps to correct condom use.


Condom error Condom failure YMSM HIV prevention STI 



This project was supported by a grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. We wish to thank our collaborators on this project, Dr. Robert Garofalo and the staff of Howard Brown Health Center.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steve N. Du Bois
    • 1
    • 3
  • Erin Emerson
    • 2
  • Brian Mustanski
    • 2
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Research DepartmentHoward Brown Health CenterChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Juvenile Research (MC 747)ChicagoUSA

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