Risky Sexual Behavior in Low-Income African American Women in the U.S.: Impact of Sexual Health Variables

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Risky Sexual Behavior in Low-Income African American Women in the U.S.: Impact of Sexual Health Variables


Risky Sexual Behavior in Low-Income African American Women in the U.S.: Impact of Sexual Health Variables, Beatrice E. Robinson, Karen Scheltema, and Tonya Cherry, Program in Human Sexuality

We tested the Sexual Health Model as it applies to low-income African American women. We used logistic regression analyses to test for associations between (a) 5 operationalized constructs theorized in the Sexual Health Model to impact overall sexual health (barriers to healthy sexuality, sexual anatomy and functioning, positive sexuality, sexual health care, and cultural identity) and (b) several measures of risky sexual behavior (consistent condom use, multiple concurrent partnerships, and overall sexual risk). The sample was drawn from 306 participants in a sexual health HIV-prevention intervention targeting at-risk African American women from the metropolitan area of two large Midwestern cities, randomly assigned to an intervention or control group. A subsample of 163 African American women who reported having been sexually active with a man within the last 3 months was analyzed here. Data were collected using in-person structured interviews by trained peers. Participants received monetary reimbursement of up to $75.

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