Evaluation of Erotic Condom Video Demonstrations to Improve Safer Sex Knowledge and Attitudes among MSM
 
 
Synopsis
 
 
To date, several community organizations have produced safer sex and condom demonstration videos for HIV and other sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention efforts. This study examined the impact of explicit and non-explicit Internet-based condom education videos among a large sample of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the US. A total of 6,850 men were recruited via email messages to members of a social/sexual Internet site for MSM and participants were randomly assigned to one of seven condom demonstration video modules. Safer sex knowledge and condom attitudes were assessed before and after the videos and significant differences were found between the intervention and control groups, with men who viewed explicit content having increased safer sex knowledge and more positive attitudes towards condoms themselves. Results highlight the importance of content used in condom demonstrations to increase safer sex knowledge and condom attitudes and suggest that public health efforts should consider the use of video and media with emphasis on the eroticization of condoms as part of comprehensive HIV/STI programming.
 
 
Bio
 
 
Dr. Joshua G. Rosenberger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University and holds a joint research scientist appointment at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Section of Adolescent Medicine and Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion.  His research focuses on the sexual health of minority populations, specifically examining issues associated with HIV and STI. Dr. Rosenberger has published numerous articles on MSM sexual behaviors and has expertise in research collaboration with online communities.
 
 
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DC Government,
Oct 19, 2011, 3:24 PM
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