Heterosexual Black Females: Socialization and HIV Risks in Scripts and Practices

Principal Investigator: Ellen Benoit, Eloise Dunlap

African American females remain disproportionately vulnerable to infection with HIV, primarily transmitted through sex with an infected male. Using script theory, this project will greatly advance scientific understanding of why and how marginalized heterosexual black women engage in various forms of sexual behavior with multiple partners, and whether and how condoms are used and safer sex messages are interpreted. These findings will build on the investigators' previous research on male scripts, leading to improvements in developing culturally sensitive messages for safer sex practices and reducing multiple partnering practices and HIV/STI infections among this high-risk population.

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