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William Yarber
Senior Research Fellow
Kinsey Institute
School of Public Health Bloomington, Indiana University
Gender Studies, Indiana University
Senior Director and Principal Investigator
Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention
Indiana University
Health, Phys Ed & Recreation
HPER 111
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-7974
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H.S.D., Indiana University, 1973
M.S., Indiana University, 1968
B.S., Indiana University, 1965
Research Statement

William L. Yarber has authored or co-authored over 130 scientific reports on sexual risk behavior and AIDS/STD prevention in professional journals. He and colleagues from The Kinsey Institute, the University of Kentucky, University of Guelph, and Oxford University are currently focusing on research concerning male condom use errors and problems, resulting in over 25 scientific publications and a large federal grant. He has received over $4 million in federal and state grants to support his research and AIDS/STD prevention efforts. At the request of the U.S. federal government, Bill published the country’s first secondary school AIDS prevention curriculum, AIDS: What Young People Should Know (1987). His secondary school curriculum, STD: A Guide for Today’s Young Adults (1985), is considered to have set the standard for a new health behavior approach to school STD prevention education.  He also authored two other school STD/HIV prevention curricula. He is co-author of the textbook:  Yarber, W. L., Sayad, B. W., & Strong, B. (2010). Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, New York: McGraw-Hill.  This text is used in over 250 colleges and university throughout the United States. Bill chaired the National Guidelines Task Force which developedthe Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade, published by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). Dr. Yarber is also a former consultant to the World Health Organization on AIDS and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Yarber is past president of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and past chair of SIECUS board of directors. His awards include the Professional Standard of Excellence from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; the SSSS Award of Distinguished Scientific Achievement; the Research Council Award from the American School Health Association; and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Graduate Student Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award at Indiana University.  Dr. Yarber regularly teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in human sexuality and HIV/STD. He was previously a faculty member at Purdue University and the University of Minnesota, as well as a public high school health science and biology teacher.

Selected Publications

Dr. Bill Yarber's podcast on condom fit study from British Medical Journal. "Does it Fit OK? Problems with condom use as a function of self-reported poor fit." (February, 2010).

Dreisbach, S. L., Crosby, R. A., Noar, S. M., & Yarber, W. L. (eds). (2009). Tearing Down Fences: HIV/STD Prevention in Rural  America. Bloomington, IN: Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, pp 118.

Crosby, R. A., DiClemente, R. J., Yarber, W. L., Snow, G., & Troutman, A. (in press). Young African-American men having sex with multiple partners are more likely to use condoms incorrectly: A clinic-based study. American Journal of Men’s Health.

Janssen, E., McBride, K. R., Yarber, W., Hill, B. J., & Butler, S. M. (2008). Factors that influence sexual arousal in men: A focus group study, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 252-265.

Crosby, R. A., Yarber, W. L., Milhausen, R. R., Sanders, S. A., & Graham, C. A. (in press). Is Phosphodesterase Type 5 Inhibitor use associated with condom breakage? Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Sanders, S. A., Milhausen, R. R., Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., & Yarber, W. L. (in press). Do Phosphodiesterase Type 5 Inhibitors protect against condom-associated erection loss and condom slippage? Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Yarber, W. L., Milhausen, R. R., Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., & Sanders, S. A. (2008). Is growing up in a
rural area associated with less HIV/STD-related risk? A brief report from an Internet sample.
Health Education Monograph, 25, 34-37.

Yarber, W. L., Milhausen, R. R., Huang, B., & Crosby, R. A. (2008). Do rural and non-rural single, young adults differ in their risk and protective HIV/STD behaviors? Results from a national survey. Health Education Monograph, 25, 7-12.

Crosby, R. A., Milhausen, R. R., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S. A., & Graham, C. A. (2008). Condom ‘turn offs’ among adults: An exploratory study. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 19, 590-594.

Crosby, R. A., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S. A., Graham, C. A., & Arno, J. N. (2008). Slips, breaks and ‘falls’: Condom errors and problems reported by men attending an STD clinic. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 19, 90-93.

Sanders, S. A., Graham, C. A., Yarber, W., & & Crosby, R. A. (2008). Starting late, ending early: Correlates of incomplete condom use among young adults. Health Education Monograph, 25, 45-50.

Milhausen, R. R., Crosby, R. A., & Yarber, W. L. (2008). Public opinion in Indiana regarding the vaccination of middle school students for HPV. Health Education Monograph, 25, 21-27.

Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Sanders, S. A., Monahan, P., Temkit, M., & Yarber, W. L. (2008). Breakage, slippage and acceptability outcomes of a condom fitted to penile dimensions. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 84, 143-149.

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