Willingness to disclose sexually transmitted infection status to sex partners among college-aged men in the United States

Elizabeth J. Pfeiffer, Kyle A. McGregor, Barbara Van D. Der Pol, Cathlene Hardy Hansen, Mary A. Ott

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Disclosure of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to sexual partners is critical to the prevention, treatment, and control of STIs.We examine personal intra and interpersonal influences onwillingness to disclose STI status among college-aged men. Participants (n = 1064) were aged 17 to 24 years and recruited from a variety of university and community venues. Using independent-samples t test, Pearson χ2 test, and binary logistic regression, we examined the relationship between willingness to disclose an STI and intrapersonal and interpersonal factors, including age, masculinity values, interpersonal violence, partner cell phone monitoring, alcohol and/or drug use, condom use, number and characteristics of sex partners, and previous STI. Results reveal that among college-aged men, type of sex partner and masculinity values are significant variables in predicting whether or not an individual is willing to disclose. These data can inform STI control programs to more effectively address the complex issues associated with STI disclosure to sex partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-206
Number of pages3
JournalSexually transmitted diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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