This article by Pacific Northwest Node researchers Don Calsyn, Michelle Peavy, Betsy Wells, Mary Hatch-Maillette, as well as colleagues from the Greater New York and New England Consortium Nodes, recently published in American Journal on Addictions, reports on a study using data from two HIV risk reduction studies in the Clinical Trials Network (protocols CTN-0018 and -0019). The study compared treatment-seeking male and female substance abusers in their reported barriers to condom use and condom use skills.
The analysis revealed that men endorsed more barriers to condom use, especially in terms of their impact on sexual experience. For both men and women, stronger endorsement of barriers to condom use was associated with less use of condoms. However, the difference between condom users and non-users in endorsement of condom barriers in general is greater for men than women, especially for those who report having casual partners.
Conclusions: Results provide additional information about the treatment and prevention needs of treatment-seeking men and women. Understanding differences between men and women in their beliefs, knowledge, and skills related to condom use will allow clinicians to better tailor risk behavior interventions.
Citation: Calsyn DA, Peavy KM, Wells EA, et al. Differences Between Men and Women in Condom Use, Attitudes, and Skills in Substance Abuse Treatment Seekers. American Journal on Addictions 2013;22:150-157.