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. 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.
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, whom they saw as quite likely to be involved with
sexually unfaithful men, use them.
Subjects: Health Sciences
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