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Psychol Bull. 2002 Nov;128(6):851-85.

Women, sex, and HIV: social and contextual factors, meta-analysis of published interventions, and implications for practice and research.

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Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington 40504-2645, USA.

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  • Psychol Bull. 2003 Mar;129(2):following 334.


This article is focused on examining social and contextual factors related to HIV-risk behavior for women. Specifically, this article has three main purposes: to review the literature on selected social and contextual factors that contribute to the risk for the heterosexual transmission of HIV and AIDS, to review and conduct a meta-analysis of HIV-prevention interventions targeting adult heterosexual populations, and to suggest future directions for HIV-prevention intervention research and practice. Results suggest that the HIV-prevention interventions reviewed for this article had little impact on sexual risk behavior, that social and contextual factors are often minimally addressed, and that there was a large gap between research and the practice of HIV-prevention intervention.

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