AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 20, Issue 11, pp 2538–2542 | Cite as

Circumcision Status is Not Associated with Condom Use and Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Young Black MSM

  • Richard A. Crosby
  • Cynthia A. GrahamEmail author
  • Leandro Mena
  • William L. Yarber
  • Stephanie A. Sanders
  • Robin R. Milhausen
  • Angelica Geter
Brief Report


This study investigated whether intact young Black MSM differed from their circumcised counterparts regarding condom use behaviors and perceptions and HIV/Chlamydia/gonorrhea. Young Black MSM completed a self-interview, including a pictorial item assessing circumcision status and measures of condom use. Twenty-seven percent of 388 participants reported not being circumcised. With one exception, no associations tested approached significance. The mean frequency of unprotected insertive anal sex for circumcised men was about twice as high compared to those intact (P = .04). Intact young Black MSM did not differ from circumcised men relative to prevalence of STIs (including HIV) or condom use behaviors as reported only by insertive partners.


Circumcision Condoms STIs 



This study was funded by a Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the first author, R01MH092226.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Crosby
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cynthia A. Graham
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Leandro Mena
    • 4
  • William L. Yarber
    • 2
    • 5
    • 6
  • Stephanie A. Sanders
    • 2
    • 5
  • Robin R. Milhausen
    • 2
    • 7
  • Angelica Geter
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Public HealthUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and ReproductionBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  4. 4.University of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  5. 5.Department of Gender StudiesIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  6. 6.Department of Applied Health ScienceIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  7. 7.Department of Family Relations and Applied NutritionUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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