Barriers To Condom Use As a HIV/STI Resistant Preventive Health Behavior By Turkish Women
Grangnelli, Joseph Martin
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By understanding the obstacles faced by women in the world's multicultural environments, we can provide them with strategies in which they would be able to negotiate safe sexual practices. Through this understanding we can have a positive impact on efforts to slow the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). This manuscript reviews literature involving Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV/AIDS among women in Turkey. The Health Belief Model (HBM) will be used to help focus negotiation strategies for Turkish women to adopt proven successful preventive health behaviors, such as the use of condoms. In addition, it explores the state of HIV/STI knowledge and educational needs within the sexually active Turkish population. Finally, this review describes a successful marketing campaign designed to promote increased acceptance and use of condoms by Turkish men, within the framework of the traditionally Muslim Turkish culture.