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Many Men Prefer STDs to Condom Use

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan 22, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A U.S. study has found that even after receiving treatment for a sexually transmitted disease, some men are not willing to use condoms regularly.

Two-thirds of men with a primary sexual partner and one-third of those without a primary partner said they don't use condoms consistently, study author Diane Grimley of the University of Alabama said.

In an article published in the American Journal of Health Behavior, Grimley said even after seeking treatment for a sexually transmitted infection and acknowledging the protective value of condoms, many men still refuse to use them.

Men in intimate relationships were among the least likely to use a condom regularly, Grimley found.

"The situation in which men reported the least confidence in using condoms with a main partner was the one in which they wanted their partner to know that they were 'committed to the relationship,'" Grimley said in her research.

Among men with no steady sexual partner, those who used drugs and alcohol were the least likely to use condoms consistently, Grimley found.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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