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July 23, 1997

Disclosure of Condom Breakage to Sexual Partners

Author Affiliations

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Georgia State University Joel Goldsmith
Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta, Ga

JAMA. 1997;278(4):291-292. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550040047034

To the Editor.  —With approximately 3 million unintended pregnancies1 and 12 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs),including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, occurring among Americans each year,2 latex condom use remains an important component of public health prevention strategies. When used consistently and correctly,3 condoms are effective for preventing pregnancy and the transmission of STDs and HIV infection. However, condoms occasionally break during intercourse,4 and little research exists on men's disclosure of condom breakage to female sex partners.5 We report on men who did not inform their female partners about condom breakage and discuss public health implications of this behavior.During 1993 and 1994, we recruited a sample of male students through advertisements about a research study on condoms posted on the campuses of 2 Georgia universities. Men participated in a standardized interview about their use of condoms and experiences with condom breakage during

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