ERIC Number: ED404051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Considerations for Reaching the Latino Population with Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Information and Education.
de la Vega, Ernesto
SIECUS Report, v18 n3 p1-8 Feb-Mar 1990
Latino and Latina sexual attitudes and behaviors must be understood if educators and counselors hope to reach this population with effective sexuality and Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) information and education. The general U.S. Latino population is mostly sexually conservative; direct talk in public and private is still basically unacceptable among Latinos, and sexual roles are still extremely polarized. For many poor Latino women and men, childbearing may be the only way to prove that they are socially productive and thus worthy of respect. There is almost a total lack of adequate sexuality education in U.S. Latino communities. In addition, many Latinas basically have no authority over the sexual act, so to provide them with condoms without preparing their male partners as well is unproductive and may encourage domestic violence. Latinos and Latinas must be reached with information and education at the same time. Latino homosexuals and bisexuals generally hide their sexual behaviors from the rest of society and from each other. Several cultural factors contributing to bisexuality are gender roles, attitudes toward coming-of-age, machismo, and strong heterosexual family influence. This article includes definitions of terms such as "Latino" and "Hispanic," and guidelines for researchers, educators, and counselors involved in HIV/AIDS outreach with Latinos and Latinas. (KS)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Contraception, Cultural Differences, Educational Strategies, Health Education, Homosexuality, Latin Americans, Prevention, Sex Differences, Sexuality
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sex Information and Education Council of the United States, Inc., New York, NY.