HIV-associated histories, perceptions, and practices among low-income African American women: Does rural residence matter?

Richard A. Crosby, William L. Yarber, Ralph J. DiClemente, Gina M. Wingood, Beth Meyerson

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Objectives. This study compared HIV-associated sexual health history, risk perceptions, and sexual risk behaviors of low-income rural and nonrural African American women. Methods. A cross-sectional statewide survey of African American women (n = 571) attending federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children clinics was conducted. Results. Adjusted analyses indicated that rural women were more likely to report not being counseled about HIV during pregnancy (P = .001), that a sex partner had not been tested for HIV (P = .005), no preferred method of prevention because they did not worry about sexually transmitted diseases (P = .02), not using condoms (P = .009), and a belief that their partner was HIV negative, despite lack of testing (P = .04). Conclusions. This study provided initial evidence that low-income rural African American women are an important population for HIV prevention programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-659
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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