World Health & Population

World Health & Population November -0001 : 0-0.doi:10.12927/whp..17576

Women's Knowledge and Attitudes regarding HIV/STDs and Contraception in Portsmouth, Dominica: A Qualitative Study of Women and their Sexual Decision-making

Michelle E. Elisburg


Objectives: This research explores the gap between women's knowledge of HIV/AIDS and behavior change in Dominica.

Methods: This qualitative study used the individual-interview method to examine perceptions regarding HIV/STDs and contraception.

Results: Almost all of the respondents were aware of the heterosexual nature of AIDS, but seemed unaware of other potential modes of transmission. Many women do not use family planning.

Conclusions: There is a need to intervene in the advancing HIV/AIDS epidemic at the level of behavioral norms and to empower women to protect themselves and their families.

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