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Condom access does not ensure condom use: you've got to be putting me on
  1. L Warner1,
  2. M J Steiner2
  1. 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
  2. 2Family Health International, PO Box 13950, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Lee Warner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Prevention Services Research Branch, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop E-46, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA;

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Approximately 15 million incident cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur in the United States each year.1 These figures are troubling given the availability of primary prevention measures that sexually active people can use to avoid unprotected intercourse, including latex condoms.2 Although considerable attention has focused on making condoms widely available, surprisingly little research3,4 has examined whether condom availability is sufficient to ensure condom use.

We recruited a convenience sample of 98 male students through advertisements posted on two Georgia university campuses to evaluate sexual risk taking behaviour. Men were required to be aged 18–29 years, full time students, and to have used condoms for ≥5 episodes of vaginal intercourse. After providing written informed consent, eligible men participated in a standardised interview about their experiences …

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