We examined verbal sexual health communication, pleasure discussions, and physical sexual communication in relation to condom use by young adult, heterosexual Latinos (ages 18-30years). Participants (. N=220, 51% female) were recruited in a Midwestern state. Verbal sexual health communication was positively associated with consistent condom use among men (odds ratio [. OR]=2.66, p<.05) and women (. OR=3.12, p<.05). For men, pleasure discussions were negatively associated with consistent condom use (. OR=0.21, p<.05). For women, verbal sexual health communication was positively associated with condom use at last sex (. OR=2.75, p<.05), whereas physical sexual communication was negatively associated with condom use at last sex (. OR=.29, p<.05). Various aspects of sexual communication may be important in HIV-prevention programs with young Latinos. Physical sexual communication and pleasure discussions, in particular, warrant further exploration given negative relationships with condom use.
- Sexual behavior
- Sexual communication
- Young adults
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing