Can Follow-Up Study Questions About Correct and Consistent Condom Use Reduce Respondent Over-Reporting Among Groups at High Risk? an Analysis of Datasets From Six Countries


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Abstract: This study sought to determine whether including two types of questions in surveys administered via face-to-face interview can contribute to more accurate measures of correct and consistent condom use among populations at risk for HIV. The study compared initial rates of self-reported condom use to rates found when respondents were asked to provide confirmation of correct and consistent use via follow-up questions. Given the amount of recall bias and social desirability bias usually associated with condom use survey items, a measure that identifies a lower proportion of condom users than initially found is taken to be more accurate.