Sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and intimate partner violence

Journal Article

Women in abusive relationships are at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but the strategies they use to protect themselves from such infections have not been studied. Using the descriptive qualitative approach of thematic analysis, I explored those strategies among formerly abused women and examined the role of pregnancy as a protective factor for both STIs and intimate partner violence (IPV). Women described creative strategies, but as the abuse continued, women came to realize that the only way to protect themselves was to leave the relationship. Health care providers arewell situated to provide information and support to abused women. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Janice, H

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 23 - 38

PubMed ID

  • 21154072

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0739-9332

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07399332.2010.529211