Masters Thesis

Gender Disparities in College Student Condom Use

Sexually transmitted diseases are a major public health problem that can be effectively prevented through condom use. The number of young adults in colleges contracting STDs has been increasing exponentially in recent years, especially among women. The purpose of this assessment is to summarize the specific factors associated with condom use, and how these factors relate to differences in STDs in young college men and women. Addressing condom use in college populations involves understanding gender-specific barriers and relationship power dynamics. According to past literature findings, increasing condom use in young adults primarily relies on empowering women in relationships where they perceive themselves to have low power and increasing their sexual assertiveness. This review explores various studies to examine the application of behavioral health theories, identify common themes in gender differences in college populations and to aid the development of appropriate interventions

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