Men Who Have Sex with Mens’ Exposure to, Use of, and Subjective Experiences with the ‘NYC Condom’

Christian Grov, Aaron S. Breslow, H. Jonathon Rendina, Ana Ventuneac

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In 2007, the New York City (NYC) Department of Health introduced the ‘NYC Condom’—a Lifestyles®condom with a ‘NYC’ logo. Few studies have evaluated attitudes toward or distribution of the ‘NYC Condom’ among men who have sex with men (MSM)—a population at increased risk for HIV/STIs. 148 MSM completed a survey about their exposure to, use of, and experiences using the ‘NYC Condom.’ The majority (93.2 %) had seen the ‘NYC Condom;’ 82.4 % of said men had used it. Among MSM who used it, 82.1 % rated it average or above. Exposure did not statistically differ by race/ethnicity, HIV status, gay or barebacker identification, or sex role. Use was neither significantly associated with demographic characteristics nor recruitment source, suggesting distributional success in reaching various sub-populations of MSM. Among those who had not used the ‘NYC Condom,’ 22.2 % reported size or quality concerns, suggesting a demand for alternative prevention campaigns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2172-2177
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 14 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitudes toward condoms
  • Condom distribution
  • Gay and bisexual men
  • The NYC Condom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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