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Author Sobo, Elisa Janine, 1963-
Title Choosing unsafe sex : AIDS-risk denial among disadvantaged women / Elisa J. Sobo.
Imprint Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.

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Author Sobo, Elisa Janine, 1963-
Subject Women with social disabilities -- Sexual behavior -- United States.
Sexual health -- United States.
Safe sex in AIDS prevention -- United States.
Sexual behavior surveys -- United States.
AIDS (Disease) in women -- United States.
Sexual Behavior.
Condoms -- statistics & numerical data.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice.
HIV Infections -- prevention & control.
United States.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 256 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-226) and index.
Summary Choosing Unsafe Sex focuses on the ways in which condom refusal and beliefs regarding HIV testing reflect women's hopes for their relationships and their desires to preserve status and self-esteem. It also discusses the related issue of seropositivity concealment or non-disclosure. Many of the inner-city women who participated in Dr. Sobo's research were seriously involved with one man, and they had heavy emotional and social investments in believing or maintaining that their partners were faithful to them. Uninvolved women had similarly heavy investments in their abilities to identify or choose potential partners who were HIV-negative. In either case, women sought to present and to view themselves as wise and their men as monogamous. Women did not see themselves as being at risk for HIV infection, and so they saw no need for condoms. But they did recommend that other women use them; they saw other women as quite likely to be involved with sexually unfaithful men. Choosing Unsafe Sex includes recommendations for educational strategies that are sensitive to cultural expectations for relationships. Dr. Sobo's findings have significance not only for inner-city HIV/AIDS educators but for all who seek a deeper understanding of mainstream assumptions about heterosexual relationships.
Contents Women and AIDS in the United States -- AIDS education and the perception of risk -- Seroposivity self-disclosure and concealment -- The condom use project -- Romance and finance -- The psychosocial benefits of unsafe sex -- HIV testing and wishful thinking -- Self-disclosure self-described -- Circumventing denial -- Appendix A: interviewee profiles -- Appendix B: further quantitative findings.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 058512731X (electronic bk.)
9780585127316 (electronic bk.)
9780812200379 (electronic bk.)
0812200373 (electronic bk.)
0812215532 (pbk.)
081223314X (Trade Cloth)
ISBN/ISSN 9780812233148
OCLC # 44956187
Additional Format Print version: Sobo, Elisa Janine, 1963- Choosing unsafe sex. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995 0812215532 (DLC) 95039721 (OCoLC)33133003

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