Heterosexual Black Females: Socialization and HIV Risks in Scripts and Practices
Funded by: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Project dates: August 2009 - July 2016
Principal Investigator: Benoit, Ellen
Principal Investigator: Dunlap E

African American females remain disproportionately vulnerable to infection with HIV, primarily transmitted through sex with an infected male. This study conducted focus groups and interviews with African American females. The responses and descriptions given were analyzed to get a better understanding of why and how the women engage in various forms of sexual behavior with multiple partners, and whether and how condoms are used and safer sex messages are interpreted. The findings from this study will lead to improvements in developing culturally sensitive messages for safer sex practices among African American females.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
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