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Factors associated with Hispanic women's HIV-related communication and condom use with male partners.


AIDS Care. 1995;7(4):415-27. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE MED/96119349

To determine factors influencing Hispanic women's HIV-related communication and condom use with their primary male partner, 189 Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Mexican women were interviewed regarding sexual behaviour and condom use, relationship characteristics, perceived risk for HIV, and HIV-related communication with the primary male partner. Level of HIV-related communication with the primary male partner was associated with the woman's perceived risk for HIV and her rating of the openness with which she could communicate with her primary partner. Mexican women were less likely than Puerto Rican or Dominican women and women with multiple partners were less likely than those with one partner to communicate about HIV-related issues with their primary partner. Women reporting more condom use with their primary partner were younger, had discussed HIV-related issues more with the primary partner, and were less likely to expect negative reactions to requests for condom use than those reporting less condom use. These results suggest that prevention programmes that increase both general and HIV-specific communication between members of a couple may facilitate safer sex practices by the couple. Prevention programmes that encourage women to insist on condom use should consider the woman's expectations about her partner's reaction as a potential barrier to the initiation of safer sex practices.

Acculturation Adult Analysis of Variance Chi-Square Distribution *Condoms Dominican Republic/ETHNOLOGY Female *Hispanic Americans Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL *Interpersonal Relations Logistic Models Mexico/ETHNOLOGY Puerto Rico/ETHNOLOGY *Sex Behavior *Sexual Partners Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. United States JOURNAL ARTICLE


Information in this article was accurate in April 30, 1996. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.