Impact of Human Population Migration on Perceptions and Prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Disease

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Hypothesis: Perceptions of sexually transmitted diseases vary between different communities, especially with regards to race, culture, class, and sexual orientation. Hoffman, S., Higgins, J.A., Beckford-Jarrett, S.T., Augenbraun, M., Bylander, K.E., Mantella, J.E. & Wilson, T.E. (2011). Contexts of risk and networks of protection: NYC West Indian immigrants' perceptions of migration and vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care 13(5): 513-528 This article shows how human population migration impacts perceptions and prevalence of sexually transmitted disease. The study involves a particular community of imigrants in New York City, West Indian immigrants. There is a large degree of "sexual mixing" between members of the West Indian community and members of the community to which the individuals moved. The immigrants noted in the interviews that relaxed social norms and the availability of a large number of divers partners changed their attitudes toward safe sex and sexually transmitted diseases. However, the researchers also found that in spite of access to more information about condoms, condom use was not necessarily linked to the population migration pattern. This research applies to my research hypothesis because it shows how attitudes toward sexually transmitted diseases may be linked to the practice of safe sex. This information can be used to inform policies and programs.
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