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The social constructions of sexuality: marital infidelity and sexually transmitted disease-HIV risk in a Mexican migrant community.
Am J Public Health. 2002 Aug; 92(8):1227-37.AJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

This article explores the social context of the migration-related HIV epidemic in western Mexico.

METHODS

Data collection involved life histories and participant observation with migrant women in Atlanta and their sisters or sisters-in-law in Mexico.

RESULTS

Both younger and older women acknowledged that migrant men's sexual behavior may expose them to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.Younger Mexican women in both communities expressed a marital ideal characterized by mutual intimacy, communication, joint decisionmaking, and sexual pleasure, but not by willingness to use condoms as an HIV prevention strategy.

CONCLUSIONS

Migrant Mexican women's commitment to an illusion of fidelity will hinder HIV prevention initiatives targeted toward them. Furthermore, the changing meanings of marital sex may make it harder to convince young couples to use condoms as an HIV prevention strategy. If the chain of heterosexual marital HIV transmission is to be interrupted in this community, prevention programs must target men.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of International Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. jshirsc@sph.emory.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Evaluation Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12144974

Citation

Hirsch, Jennifer S., et al. "The Social Constructions of Sexuality: Marital Infidelity and Sexually Transmitted disease-HIV Risk in a Mexican Migrant Community." American Journal of Public Health, vol. 92, no. 8, 2002, pp. 1227-37.
Hirsch JS, Higgins J, Bentley ME, et al. The social constructions of sexuality: marital infidelity and sexually transmitted disease-HIV risk in a Mexican migrant community. Am J Public Health. 2002;92(8):1227-37.
Hirsch, J. S., Higgins, J., Bentley, M. E., & Nathanson, C. A. (2002). The social constructions of sexuality: marital infidelity and sexually transmitted disease-HIV risk in a Mexican migrant community. American Journal of Public Health, 92(8), 1227-37.
Hirsch JS, et al. The Social Constructions of Sexuality: Marital Infidelity and Sexually Transmitted disease-HIV Risk in a Mexican Migrant Community. Am J Public Health. 2002;92(8):1227-37. PubMed PMID: 12144974.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The social constructions of sexuality: marital infidelity and sexually transmitted disease-HIV risk in a Mexican migrant community. AU - Hirsch,Jennifer S, AU - Higgins,Jennifer, AU - Bentley,Margaret E, AU - Nathanson,Constance A, PY - 2002/7/30/pubmed PY - 2002/8/21/medline PY - 2002/7/30/entrez SP - 1227 EP - 37 JF - American journal of public health JO - Am J Public Health VL - 92 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVES: This article explores the social context of the migration-related HIV epidemic in western Mexico. METHODS: Data collection involved life histories and participant observation with migrant women in Atlanta and their sisters or sisters-in-law in Mexico. RESULTS: Both younger and older women acknowledged that migrant men's sexual behavior may expose them to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.Younger Mexican women in both communities expressed a marital ideal characterized by mutual intimacy, communication, joint decisionmaking, and sexual pleasure, but not by willingness to use condoms as an HIV prevention strategy. CONCLUSIONS: Migrant Mexican women's commitment to an illusion of fidelity will hinder HIV prevention initiatives targeted toward them. Furthermore, the changing meanings of marital sex may make it harder to convince young couples to use condoms as an HIV prevention strategy. If the chain of heterosexual marital HIV transmission is to be interrupted in this community, prevention programs must target men. SN - 0090-0036 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12144974/The_social_constructions_of_sexuality:_marital_infidelity_and_sexually_transmitted_disease_HIV_risk_in_a_Mexican_migrant_community_ L2 - https://www.ajph.org/doi/10.2105/ajph.92.8.1227?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -