Not everyone uses condoms to reduce the risks of contracting or transmitting HIV/STDs. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the perceptions of young adult Hispanics about sexual behaviors, condom use, and lived experiences. One-on-one interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of young Hispanic males accessing services in a community health center in Houston, Texas. The data were analyzed using Moustakas’ methods for data analysis (1994). Findings revealed evidence of lack of education, engagement in high-risk behaviors, and the influence of various social-cultural factors on sexual behaviors and condom use. Recommendations include empowerment through education, interventions that consider the cultural, social contexts, and environments of people, additional research, and condoms as an effective part of a comprehensive plan to address the HIV epidemic.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Public health, Developmental psychology, Hispanic American studies|
|Keywords:||Condom, Ecological systems theory, HIV/STDs, Hispanic, Men, Phenomenology, Qualitative research, Sociocultural factors|
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