Current HIV/AIDS Reports

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 139–144

Revitalizing Condom-Centered HIV Prevention Strategies

The Science of Prevention (JD Stekler, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11904-014-0250-8

Cite this article as:
O’Neal, J.D. & Berteau, L.C. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep (2015) 12: 139. doi:10.1007/s11904-014-0250-8
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  1. Topical Collection on The Science of Prevention


HIV infection rates remain steady in the USA despite the numerous prevention programs and tools available. Condoms play a central role in HIV prevention because they are highly effective, readily available, and affordable. Unfortunately, condom promotion efforts often incite fear as a motive force, while also taking the common “one-size-fits-all” approach. Reframing condom promotion through a sexual health framework, focusing on pleasure and highlighting condom fit issues, improves intervention efficacy. Condom distribution policies may further perpetuate condom users’ difficulty, by withholding particular condom styles, brands, and information highlighting the nuances in shape, size, and material. Condom education and distribution practices focused on pleasure, proper fit, and condom access issues might increase condom utilization among high-risk populations.


Condoms Condom usage Condom distribution Condom education Condom fit Condom access Sexual health HIV/AIDS Evidence-based interventions HIV prevention Sexual behavior Sexually transmitted infections 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sexuality StudiesSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Interdisciplinary DepartmentCity College of San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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