Image

9:11 PM / Tuesday May 21, 2024

2 Oct 2011

Peer pressure puts black girls at higher HIV risk

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
October 2, 2011 Category: Health Posted by:

minority news

 

In a recent study involving 64 African American adolescent girls ages 14 to 17, researchers found that up to 59 percent of the study’s subjects experienced sexual abuse that included threats, verbal coercion, condom coercion and physical violence. Of the 64 interviewed, unwanted sex made up 30 percent and 9 percent respectively of the abuse cases. Furthermore, more than 50 percent of the girls reported that they had experienced sex without a condom in spite of their preference to have their partner wear a condom.

 

Sexual partner abuse is playing an increasing role in the incidences of HIV infections. According to Anne M. Teitelman, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, assisting women in getting out of abusive relationships should be an HIV strategy to prevent the spread of AIDs. One of Dr. Teitelman’s goals is to find new ways to increase condom use among adolescents. However, her findings report that coercion and abuse prevent a significant number of Black adolescent girls from ensuring safe sex practices with their partners.

 

“Promoting healthy relationships among youth and preventing partner abuse in adolescent relationships should become a public health priority,” says Dr. Teitelman. “This is necessary for primary prevention of the intersecting epidemics of partner abuse and HIV/STIs (sexually transmitted infections).”

 

In the report, Dr. Teitelman describes methods of “condom coercion” that some males resort to in order to avoid condom use. These methods include physically abusing and threatening a partner, emotional manipulation and condom sabotage, which is the removal of a condom during sex without the girl realizing that the protection is no longer there.

 

Another problem is the pressure that prevents women from even bringing up the subject of using a condom before engaging in sex. Dr. Teitelman states that when the subjects in the study were asked, “Have you ever wanted to talk with your sexual partner about using a condom during vaginal sex, but were not able to?” twenty-five percent responded “yes.”

 

Based on the study’s findings, Dr. Teitelman and her colleagues are currently developing a clinic-centered intervention for girls facing abuse from their sexual partners.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Sports

On The Brink of Elimination:

April 30, 2024

Tweet Email The Philadelphia 76ers are on the verge of yet another early playoff exit. ABOVE PHOTO:...

Philly NAACP

May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024

Tweet Email Tweet Email Related Posts Philadelphia Judicial Primary Candidates At A Glance Guide Philadelphia Judicial Candidates...

Health

This Mental Health Awareness Month, learn how to help prevent an overdose

May 19, 2024

Tweet Email BPT This month highlights the important role mental health plays in our general health and...

Election 2024

Pennsylvania sees fewer mail ballots rejected for technicalities, a priority for election officials

May 18, 2024

Tweet Email ABOVE PHOTO: Allegheny County Election Division Deputy Manager Chet Harhut explains the process of sorting...

Color Of Money

Savvy online shopping tips to save money and time

May 19, 2024

Tweet Email BPT — SPONSORED BY CITI The ease of shopping online can offer customers greater flexibility...

Seniors

Finding your strength while living with Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)

April 22, 2024

Tweet Email BPT LaQuilla Harris, a devoted mother, grandmother and retired property manager, led a healthy and...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff