Safer Sex in Personal Relationships: The Role of Sexual Scripts in HIV Infection and Prevention

By Tara M. Emmers-Sommer; Mike Allen | Go to book overview

CHAPTER TWO
Safer Sex in Heterosexual
Dating Relationships

The advent of AIDS was initially treated as a disease that affected persons outside the norm of the heterosexual majority (homosexuals, bisexuals, commercial sex workers, and intravenous drug users). The result of this perception was a difficult period of denial where heterosexuals could essentially ignore the warning messages that were issued about the disease because the virus was determined to affect a different set of populations. After all, any condition or disease believe to impact on the “other” is something that the majority does not have to worry about. The acceptance of this infectious virus as something impacting some other group of people permits an audience to ignore or misinterpret messages. Despite years of trying to lessen the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and the mythologies, evidence demonstrates difficulty in changing fundamental views (Brown, Macintyre, & Trujillo, 2003).

This lack of concern, because the early population affected by HIV was not heterosexual, can be viewed as a mistake when examining the spread of the disease in Africa. The overwhelming majority of cases in Africa are the result of unprotected heterosexual behavior. The perception of the disease in the United States remains that largely of something associated with white gay males (promiscuous and anal sex practitioners) or intravenous drug users. This perception creates a sense of deniability for the heterosexual in the United States when considering or evaluating the risk.

The first major celebrity (viewed as heterosexual) to contract HIV was Earvin “Magic” Johnson. His announcement created a media sensation that did generate some significant changes in the level of knowledge and behavior in the United States (for a summary of the research see Casey et al., 2003). The most significant effect based on age was the adults' report that Johnson's announcement made them more knowledgeable about the transmission of HIV and increased their level of anxiety about AIDS. This finding is not surprising when one considers that

-17-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Safer Sex in Personal Relationships: The Role of Sexual Scripts in HIV Infection and Prevention
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 134

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.