Condoms are a critical public health strategy for disease and pregnancy prevention. But their effectiveness hinges on more than consistent use. Men and women must also use them correctly. Kinsey Institute’s Condom Use Research Team (KI-CURT) fills an important gap in safe-sex research by studying the reasons condoms can fail.
KI-CURT and women's health app CLUE collaborated last fall to poll 95,000 people from 200 countries on condom use and menstruation from a women's perspective.
A 2002 study of college-age men reported that in the previous three months
- 30% put the condom on upside down and then turned it over
- 40% did not leave room at the tip of the condom when applying it
- 15% removed the condom before completing intercourse
- 43% put condoms on after starting sex
- 32% had erection loss while applying the condom
- 42% wanted to use condoms but had none available
Further, men who experience condom associated erection problems (CAEP) also report inconsistent condom use and not using condoms for the complete act of intercourse.
If condom use is incorrect, it won't protect. Understanding and addressing these reasons is critical to preventing STI transmission and unplanned pregnancy.
The Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (KI-CURT) is an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary team that was formed in 2000 and is vested in advancing global sexual health through its research on the behavioral aspects of male condom use.
KI-CURT has published over 50 articles and two book chapters on various condom use-associated variables such as pleasure, sexual arousal, fit and feel, use errors and problems, erection difficulties, circumcision status, motivation, self-efficacy, relationship type, and alcohol and drug use. In 2012 KI-CURT edited a special issue of the journal Sexual Health: Condom use to prevent sexually transmitted infections: a global perspective.
A full list of KI-CURT Publications is also available (PDF).
Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Milhausen, R. A., Sanders, S. A., & Yarber, W. L. Correct Condom Use Self-Efficacy Scale. (in press). In (eds.) R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluk, Fisher, C. Davis, & W. Yarber. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge.
Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Milhausen,R. R., Sanders, S. A., & Yarber, W. L. (in press). Condom Use Errors/Problems Survey. New York: Routledge. In (eds.) R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluck, T. Fisher, C. Davis & Yarber, W. L. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measurers. New York: Routledge.
Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Milhausen,R. R., Sanders, S. A., & Yarber, W. L. (in press). Condom Barriers Scale for Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. In (eds.) R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluk, T. Fisher, C. Davis, & W. Yarber. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge.
Milhausen, R., Graham, C., Sanders, S., Scott, B., Maitland, M., & Yarber, W. L. (in press). Sexual Excitement/Sexual Inhibition Inventory for Women and Men. In (eds.) R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluk, T. Fisher, C. Davis, & W. Yarber. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge.
Sanders, S.A., Crosby, R.A., Milhausen. R.R., et al. (2017). Women’s willingness to experiment with condoms and lubricants: A study of women residing in a high HIV seroprevalence area. International Journal of STDs & AIDS . 2017; Jan 1:956462417727690. doi: 10.1177/0956462417727690.
Milhausen, R. R., McKay, A., Graham, C. A., Sanders, S. A., Crosby, R. A., Yarber, W. , and Wood, J. (2017).Do associations between pleasure ratings and condom use during condom use vary by relationship type: A study of Canadian university students. Journal of Sex Research. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1298713.
Crosby, R. A., Milhausen, R. R., Graham, C. A., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S. A., Geter, A., & Mena, L. (2017) Antecedents of condom-protected oral sex among young Black MSM. International Journal of Sexual Health. OI.org/10.1080/19317611.20171292339.