Date

2019

Major

Sociology (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. April M. Schueths

Abstract

Sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI) rates are on the rise for African American women. Recent literature argues that African American women may have a lack of education concerning STDs/STIs. To fill this gap in the literature, in-depth qualitative interviews, using a health equity lens, were conducted with ten college, African American women, living in the Southern United States, to gain their perceptions about the causes of STDs/STIs among the African American female population. Consistent with previous research, findings indicate that African American women may lack knowledge about STDs/STIs and be less likely to participate in medical check-ups. Participants were more likely to identify individual-level issues than structural-level issues when assessing African American women’s behaviors and perceived choices related to sexual health.

Thesis Summary

Sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI) rates are on the rise for African American women. In depth qualitative interviews, using a health equity lens, were conducted with ten college, African American women, living in the Southern United States, to gain their perceptions about the causes of STDs/STIs among the African American female population.

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