Willingness to Disclose Sexually Transmitted Infection Status to Sex Partners Among College-Aged Men in the United States.

Academic Article


  • 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 on willingness 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 χ 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.
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  • Attitude to Health, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Risk-Taking, Self Disclosure, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Partners, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Social Responsibility, United States, Unsafe Sex, Young Adult
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    Author List

  • Pfeiffer EJ; McGregor KA; Van Der Pol B; Hardy Hansen C; Ott MA
  • Start Page

  • 204
  • End Page

  • 206
  • Volume

  • 43
  • Issue

  • 3