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HIV & Safer Sex: Decisional Balance

Listed below are several possible advantages of using condoms. HOW IMPORTANT is each of these advantages to you in deciding whether or not to use condoms for either vaginal or anal sex, using the following 5 point scale?:

1 = Not Important
2 = Slightly Important
3 = Moderately Important
4 = Very Important
5 = Extremely Important

1.  I would feel safer. 
5.  It would build trust. 
6.  I’d feel more responsible. 
7.  Sex would feel cleaner. 
10.  Sex would be less worrisome. 

Listed below are several possible disadvantages of using condoms. HOW IMPORTANT is each of these disadvantages to you in deciding whether or not to use condoms for either vaginal or anal sex, using the following 5 point scale?:


1 = Not Important
2 = Slightly Important
3 = Moderately Important
4 = Very Important
5 = Extremely Important

1.  It would be a lot of trouble. 
2.  It would make sex less spontaneous. 
3.  My partner would be angry. 
4.  It would make sex less exciting. 
6.  Sex would take longer. 

Scoring

Pros

Cons

I would feel safer 

.70

It would build trust 

.75

I’d feel more responsible 

.87

Sex would feel cleaner 

.64

Sex would be less worrisome 

.73

It would be a lot of trouble 

.74

It would make sex less spontaneous 

.80

My partner would be angry 

.60

It would make sex less exciting 

.61

Sex would take longer 

.55

 

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