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Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 11(1)

Being drunk and high during sex is not associated with condom use behaviours: a study of high-risk young Black males

Richard A. Crosby A B F, Robin R. Milhausen C, Stephanie Sanders B, Cynthia A. Graham D and William L. Yarber E

A College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, USA.
B The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA.
C Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1H 5R1, Canada.
D Department of Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK.
E School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA.
F Corresponding author. Email: richard.crosby@uky.edu

Sexual Health 11(1) 84-86 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH13181
Submitted: 16 November 2013  Accepted: 4 December 2013   Published: 4 March 2014


 
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Abstract

Objective: To assess the relationship between the frequency of being drunk and high during sex, and condom use errors and problems (CUEP) among a sample of high-risk young Black males recruited from the United States. Methods: Data were collected in clinics treating sexually transmissible infections in three cities in the southern United States. Males 15–23 years of age (n = 697) who identified as African-American and reported recent (past 2 months) condom use were eligible. Measures of alcohol and drug use, as well as condom use behaviours were assessed by audio-computer assisted self-interview. Eighteen CUEP were included in this assessment. Results: Sixteen bivariate correlations were obtained. The magnitude of the coefficients was small, ranging from 0.01 to 0.13. Only three were significant. These were positive associations between the frequency of being drunk and the frequency of unprotected vaginal sex, as well as the frequency of the 18-item measure of CUEP. A significant correlation was also found between the frequency of being high during sex and the frequency of unprotected vaginal sex. Adjustments for age did not change the findings. Conclusions: Interventions designed to promote safer sex behaviours among young Black males attending sexually transmissible infection clinics are no more likely to benefit patients through the inclusion of messages and training attempting to dissuade the use of alcohol and drugs before or during sex.

Additional keywords: alcohol use, drug use, sexual behaviour, sexually transmitted infections, young men.


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