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ERIC Number: EJ926342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 11
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ISSN: ISSN-0360-7283
Sexual Risk Factors for HIV and Violence among Puerto Rican Women in New York City
Moreno, Claudia L.; Morrill, Allison C.; El-Bassel, Nabila
Health & Social Work, v36 n2 p87-97 May 2011
The authors examined sexual factors for HIV risk in 1,003 women of Puerto Rican heritage who attended a community-based New York City hospital clinic. Participants' ages ranged from 18 to 73 years. Half were born in the continental United States, and half were born in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. All were sexually active within the past 90 days with a male partner. The authors compared sociodemographic characteristics, experience of intimate partner violence (IPV), and HIV sexual risk factors (number of partners, history of sexually transmitted infections [STIs], condom use, and so on). Multiple regression analyses considering sociodemographic characteristics were a predictor for IPV and sexual risk behaviors. The authors found differences in sexual risk behaviors by place of birth (continental United States versus Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) and language chosen for the interview (Spanish or English). Puerto Rican women reported fewer sexual partners and STIs. Mainland-born and English-preference women reported more IPV, risky partners, and condom use. Birth in the continental United States and preference for English appear to be indicators of greater risk for IPV, risky sexual practices, and risky partners. HIV prevention intervention strategies for Puerto Rican women must address differences in heterosexual risk according to language and place of birth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York