AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 128–134

Correlates of Condom-Associated Erection Problems in Young, Heterosexual Men: Condom Fit, Self-Efficacy, Perceptions, and Motivations

  • Stephanie A. Sanders
  • Brandon J. Hill
  • Richard A. Crosby
  • Erick Janssen
Brief Report


Questionnaire data from 479 heterosexual men 18–24 years old were analyzed for correlates of CAEP during application (CAEP-Application) and CAEP during penile-vaginal intercourse (CAEP-PVI). Potential correlates were self-efficacy (condom application, product selection, and maintaining arousal), condom perceptions (condom worry/distraction, negative condom perceptions, concerns about application speed), condom fit, and motivation to use condoms. We conclude that (1) experiencing CAEP may become a repeating cycle, both affecting and being affected by, worry and distraction related to losing erections and maintaining arousal while using a condom (2) poorly fitting condoms may contribute to CAEP, and (3) CAEP may decrease motivation to use condoms.


Condoms Condom use Erection problems Condom self-efficacy Condom perceptions 


Datos del cuestionario hecho a 479 hombres heterosexuales entre 18 y 24 años fueron analizados para los correlatos de CAEP (problemas de erección asociados al condón) durante la colocación (Colocación -CAEP) y CAEP durante el coito vaginal (CAEP-PVI*). Los correlatos potenciales fueron la auto-eficacia (colocación del preservativo, selección del producto y el mantenimiento de la excitación), la percepción del condón (preocupación/distracción, percepción negativa del condón, preocupación acerca de la velocidad para colocar el condón), el ajuste del condón, y la motivación para usarlo. Concluimos que (1) experimentar CAEP puede convertirse en un ciclo repetitivo, afectando tanto como ser afectado por la preocupación y distracción relacionada a la pérdida de erecciones y el mantenimiento de la excitación durante el uso de un condón (2) condones mal ajustados pueden contribuir a CAEP, y (3) CAEP puede disminuir la motivación para usar condones.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie A. Sanders
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Brandon J. Hill
    • 1
    • 2
  • Richard A. Crosby
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Erick Janssen
    • 1
  1. 1.The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and ReproductionBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Gender StudiesIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Health BehaviorCollege of Public Health, University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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