Reducing the Risk of HIV Infection for Women: An Attitudinal Analysis of Condom‐Carrying Behavior

Tracey E. Wilson, James Jaccard, Robert Endias, Howard Minkoff

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A study of 971 sexually active, heterosexual, nonpregnant women was undertaken in an HIV‐endemic community in the New York City area to determine the psychological correlates of carrying condoms. Analyses suggested that women factor concerns about negative social reactions from society in general most heavily in their attitude toward carrying condoms, followed by their overall attitude toward condoms, and concerns about the increase in preventive efficacy resulting from carrying condoms. This brief structure was generalized across risk groups. Intervention implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1110
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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