Millennial Student Embarrassment Toward Condom Purchase/Acquisition


  • John F. Yannessa, PhD
  • Michael S. Dunn, PhD
  • Kristen Yansick, B.S.
  • Danielle Jordan, B.S.



Condom Embarrassment, College Students


While adolescents seem aware of the need for condom use, sexual practices do not always reflect
this awareness. Recent research indicates that sexually active adolescents aged 15-24 acquire half of all
new sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). Often times, condoms are not used due to embarrassment. As
such, the purpose of this research was to examine the attitude of embarrassment as it relates to condom
use, acquisition, and negotiation. Data were drawn from a sample of 278 college students at a midsized
university in the Southeastern United States during the spring of 2016. The results of this study found
that nearly twenty ve percent of the male sample (22.7%) and less than 20 percent (19.6%) of females
reported using a condom all the time. There was a signi cant difference between males and females with
females reporting greater overall condom embarrassment. Additionally, there were signi cant differences
between males and females related to condom acquisition. Given the efficacy of condom use in preventing
many sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and unintended pregnancy, understanding potential barriers
to their use is important if public health professionals are to reach the Healthy People 2020 goals relative
to condom use.



How to Cite

Yannessa, J. F., Dunn, M. S., Yansick, K., & Jordan, D. (2017). Millennial Student Embarrassment Toward Condom Purchase/Acquisition. American Journal of Health Studies, 32(3).