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Strategies for managing the dual risk of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy among Puerto Rican and African American young adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22390507     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although young adults in the United States are at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy, they do not report high rates of dual-method use (condoms plus other contraception) for prevention. We used prospective qualitative data from 69 urban Puerto Rican and African American individuals aged 18 to 25 years to determine how they managed these risks in their heterosexual relationships during a 4- to 8-week period. Hormonal or long-acting contraceptive use, condoms, and withdrawal were the most common unintended pregnancy prevention strategies; condoms, STI testing, and perceived fidelity were dominant among STI prevention strategies. We need to shift the focus from dual-method use toward a broader concept of dual protection to be more responsive to young adults' concerns, perceptions, and priorities.
Marion W Carter; Linda Hock-Long; Joan Marie Kraft; Dare Henry-Moss; Kendra Hatfield-Timajchy; Merrill Singer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-01-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  102     ISSN:  1541-0048     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-06     Completed Date:  2012-04-17     Revised Date:  2014-03-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  449-56     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans
Contraception / methods,  utilization
Interviews as Topic
Pregnancy, Unplanned / ethnology*
Public Health Practice
Puerto Rico / ethnology
Risk Reduction Behavior*
Safe Sex
Sexually Transmitted Diseases / ethnology*,  prevention & control*
United States
Young Adult

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