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Factors That Influence Ivorian Women's Risk Perception of STIs and HIV

Kim Longfield

in AIDS, Culture, and Africa

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032535
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039305 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032535.003.0006
Factors That Influence Ivorian Women's Risk Perception of STIs and HIV

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This chapter examines the Côte d'Ivoire women's risk perception of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI). The findings reveal the influence of sexual partners and relationship dynamics on risk perception and risk-taking behavior. This chapter suggests that information, education, and communication campaigns should target women in “committed” relationships, where risk behavior is high but risk perception remains low. It proposes that interventions for men should be incorporated into program design and complement programs that target women.

Keywords: women; Côte d'Ivoire; risk perception; HIV infection; STI; risk-taking behavior

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Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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