Bisexual Minority Women with STD: Sexual Risk Behaviors and Perceptions of Risk for Transmission of STD

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154749
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Presentation
Title:
Bisexual Minority Women with STD: Sexual Risk Behaviors and Perceptions of Risk for Transmission of STD
Abstract:
Bisexual Minority Women with STD: Sexual Risk Behaviors and Perceptions of Risk for Transmission of STD
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2002
Conference Date:July, 2002
Author:Champion, Jane
P.I. Institution Name:University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Title:Associate Professor
Objective: Research has shown that women who have sex with women (WSW) are engaging in more high-risk sexual behaviors. To prevent and reduce transmission of STD among WSW a determination must be made of the diseases that are most prevalent in this community. Perceptions of risk for WSW need to be understood so that effective interventions may be developed. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of STD and perceptions of risk among minority bisexual women with a history of STD. Design: Qualitative. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Participants in this research included a convenience sample of Mexican-and African-American bisexual women, aged 15-45 years with a history of STD. Variables: Sexual risk behaviors, sexual relationships, genitourinary symptomatology, STD history. Methods: Individual, open-ended, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 participants. These interviews focused on participants' perceptions of their sexual risk, sexual relationships, genitourinary symptomatology and factors influencing their sexual behaviors and STD acquisition. Interviews were tape recorded and transcribed. Findings: Diagnoses and key categories and themes from qualitative data provided the context for interpretation of the data. Interview data was searched for elaboration of associations found in prior statistical analysis and words of participants were used to corroborate, refute, substantiate and supplement quantitative results. Apparent discrepancies were explored in detail to understand the source and possible explanations for differences. Themes identified related to perceived sexual risk of WSW, previous STD acquisition through WSW, genitourinary symptomatology and histories of childhood sexual abuse. Conclusions: These results identified a need for interventions specifically designed for bisexual minority women to realize a reduction in sexual risk behaviors, abuse, and STD. Identification of WSW is recommended to expand risk-reduction interventions for modifying sexual behavior patterns and health-seeking behaviors of Mexican- and African-American women that are related to STD. Implications for Practice/Policy: Inclusion of health education concerning prevalence of STD and risk behaviors for WSW is a necessary part of STD prevention programs. Implications for Research: Research methodology must include the measurement of WSW sexual risk behaviors for accurate assessment of STD risk and acquisition.

Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jul-2002
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleBisexual Minority Women with STD: Sexual Risk Behaviors and Perceptions of Risk for Transmission of STDen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154749-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Bisexual Minority Women with STD: Sexual Risk Behaviors and Perceptions of Risk for Transmission of STD</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July, 2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Champion, Jane</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dimmitt@uthscsa.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: Research has shown that women who have sex with women (WSW) are engaging in more high-risk sexual behaviors. To prevent and reduce transmission of STD among WSW a determination must be made of the diseases that are most prevalent in this community. Perceptions of risk for WSW need to be understood so that effective interventions may be developed. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of STD and perceptions of risk among minority bisexual women with a history of STD. Design: Qualitative. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: Participants in this research included a convenience sample of Mexican-and African-American bisexual women, aged 15-45 years with a history of STD. Variables: Sexual risk behaviors, sexual relationships, genitourinary symptomatology, STD history. Methods: Individual, open-ended, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 participants. These interviews focused on participants' perceptions of their sexual risk, sexual relationships, genitourinary symptomatology and factors influencing their sexual behaviors and STD acquisition. Interviews were tape recorded and transcribed. Findings: Diagnoses and key categories and themes from qualitative data provided the context for interpretation of the data. Interview data was searched for elaboration of associations found in prior statistical analysis and words of participants were used to corroborate, refute, substantiate and supplement quantitative results. Apparent discrepancies were explored in detail to understand the source and possible explanations for differences. Themes identified related to perceived sexual risk of WSW, previous STD acquisition through WSW, genitourinary symptomatology and histories of childhood sexual abuse. Conclusions: These results identified a need for interventions specifically designed for bisexual minority women to realize a reduction in sexual risk behaviors, abuse, and STD. Identification of WSW is recommended to expand risk-reduction interventions for modifying sexual behavior patterns and health-seeking behaviors of Mexican- and African-American women that are related to STD. Implications for Practice/Policy: Inclusion of health education concerning prevalence of STD and risk behaviors for WSW is a necessary part of STD prevention programs. Implications for Research: Research methodology must include the measurement of WSW sexual risk behaviors for accurate assessment of STD risk and acquisition.<br/><br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:14:50Z-
dc.date.issued2002-07en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:14:50Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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