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 2008 study of men attending an STD clinic reported that in the previous three months
- 29% put the condom on upside down and then turned it over
- 28.4% removed the condom before completing intercourse
- 30% experienced problems with the fit or feel of the condom
- 31% had a condom break
- 28.1% had erection loss while applying the condom
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.