Women and Aids: Negotiating Safer Practices, Care, and Representation / Edition 1

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For many women, the advice “Use a condom!” is not enough to help protect them from HIV infection. As Women and AIDS reveals, “negotiating” safer sex practices is a very complex issue for women who are involved in relationships where they do not enjoy physical, social, or economic equality. The book’s authors maintain that the key to curbing the spread of HIV and to caring for those already infected—is communication. Women and AIDS is the first volume to address HIV/AIDS and women from a communication perspective.

This helpful guidebook addresses how women might achieve safer sexual and drug injection practices with partners, but it also explores women’s negotiation of the health care system as patients, medical research subjects, and caregivers. It challenges traditional assumptions about the relationship between care providers and patients and the meaning of patient compliance and raises important questions about gender, race, and class that are exacerbated by the epidemic. Designed to ground interventions in the realities of women’s lives, Women and AIDS discusses what women can do to get around communication and health care obstacles. To this end, you will learn about:

  • using the media for HIV-related social action and to promote women’s views of HIV and sexuality
  • prison health care for HIV-positive women
  • cultural constructions of sex and drug sharing in a variety of communities
  • long-term changes that will empower women
  • delivering an HIV-positive diagnosis to patients
  • gender roles and caregiving
  • the language we use to talk about “Third World” women and “Asian AIDS”
  • women AIDS filmmakers/videographers
For the benefit of AIDS activists, health care providers, and counselors, Women and AIDS discusses women and their communication and awareness from virtually every angle. This book analyzes situations where communication breaks down—from the woman who can’t openly discuss safe sex with her partner, to the drunk college student who “hooks up,” to the doctor who gives an HIV-positive diagnosis without compassion—and offers communication solutions. This will help women avoid such risks, establish communication and safety in their lives, and construct meaningful roles in relationship to HIV/AIDS.

The book contains no figures.

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Reviewer: Shirley Bush, CNM, MSN, CSAC (East Carolina University)
Description: This is a compilation of work from several accomplished professionals in the fields of communication, psychology, and health care. Topics of behavior modification, care issues, and media concerns are described as essential factors in minimizing the growing epidemic of HIV related issues for women worldwide. Overriding these three topic areas is the ever present theme of communication styles and effects.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the barriers in the fight against HIV/AIDS in women, namely cultural, healthcare, and informational media issues. A look at the styles of communication and the need for improved and adapted communication is explored to overcome these barriers.
Audience: This book is written for the care giving professional encountering female populations regardless of HIV status. Readers may utilize this information within any population as a tool to combat an ever growing epidemic. The audience might be any female in the world today concerned about the future for herself, her clients, or her family. The reading level does not lend itself to those of limited reading ability.
Features: There are no illustrations. A basic needs/services assessment guide is included for the moderator of an HIV/AIDS caregiver needs assessment. The chapter on women producers/directors of AIDS films includes the following appendixes: a listing of contacts for audio visuals; sample letters to AIDS related agencies and producer/director interviewees; a survey instrument; a listing of films and videos on the topic; and a listing of distributors of the materials.
Assessment: The book lends itself to skill development by heightening levels of awareness regarding cultural needs of women, the way women know and behave, and barriers inherent in fighting an epidemic that encompasses multiple issues. The reader will understand the need to know the individual client and to develop an awareness of the need to diversify communication styles to meet the needs of the women who are at HIV risk, HIV infected, HIV caregivers, or HIV educator/public health workers.
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Reviewer: Shirley Bush, CNM, MSN, CSAC (East Carolina University)
Description: This is a compilation of work from several accomplished professionals in the fields of communication, psychology, and health care. Topics of behavior modification, care issues, and media concerns are described as essential factors in minimizing the growing epidemic of HIV related issues for women worldwide. Overriding these three topic areas is the ever present theme of communication styles and effects.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the barriers in the fight against HIV/AIDS in women, namely cultural, healthcare, and informational media issues. A look at the styles of communication and the need for improved and adapted communication is explored to overcome these barriers.
Audience: This book is written for the care giving professional encountering female populations regardless of HIV status. Readers may utilize this information within any population as a tool to combat an ever growing epidemic. The audience might be any female in the world today concerned about the future for herself, her clients, or her family. The reading level does not lend itself to those of limited reading ability.
Features: There are no illustrations. A basic needs/services assessment guide is included for the moderator of an HIV/AIDS caregiver needs assessment. The chapter on women producers/directors of AIDS films includes the following appendixes: a listing of contacts for audio visuals; sample letters to AIDS related agencies and producer/director interviewees; a survey instrument; a listing of films and videos on the topic; and a listing of distributors of the materials.
Assessment: The book lends itself to skill development by heightening levels of awareness regarding cultural needs of women, the way women know and behave, and barriers inherent in fighting an epidemic that encompasses multiple issues. The reader will understand the need to know the individual client and to develop an awareness of the need to diversify communication styles to meet the needs of the women who are at HIV risk, HIV infected, HIV caregivers, or HIV educator/public health workers.
Shirley Bush
This is a compilation of work from several accomplished professionals in the fields of communication, psychology, and health care. Topics of behavior modification, care issues, and media concerns are described as essential factors in minimizing the growing epidemic of HIV related issues for women worldwide. Overriding these three topic areas is the ever present theme of communication styles and effects. The purpose is to address the barriers in the fight against HIV/AIDS in women, namely cultural, healthcare, and informational media issues. A look at the styles of communication and the need for improved and adapted communication is explored to overcome these barriers. This book is written for the care giving professional encountering female populations regardless of HIV status. Readers may utilize this information within any population as a tool to combat an ever growing epidemic. The audience might be any female in the world today concerned about the future for herself, her clients, or her family. The reading level does not lend itself to those of limited reading ability. There are no illustrations. A basic needs/services assessment guide is included for the moderator of an HIV/AIDS caregiver needs assessment. The chapter on women producers/directors of AIDS films includes the following appendixes: a listing of contacts for audio visuals; sample letters to AIDS related agencies and producer/director interviewees; a survey instrument; a listing of films and videos on the topic; and a listing of distributors of the materials. The book lends itself to skill development by heightening levels of awareness regarding cultural needs of women, the way women know and behave, and barriersinherent in fighting an epidemic that encompasses multiple issues. The reader will understand the need to know the individual client and to develop an awareness of the need to diversify communication styles to meet the needs of the women who are at HIV risk, HIV infected, HIV caregivers, or HIV educator/public health workers.
Booknews
Maintains that negotiating safer sex practices is a complex issue for women who do not enjoy physical, social, or economic equality, and that the key to curbing the spread of HIV and caring for those already infected is communication. The 12 essays explore women's negotiation of safer sex and intravenous drug use practices; of the health care system as patients, medical research subjects, and caregivers; and of HIV-related media representations<-->as producers, consumers, and objects of representation. Paper edition 1-56023-882-8, $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560238829
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

  • Part I. Negotiating Safer Practices
  • Reconsidering the HIV/AIDS Prevention Needs of Latino Women in the U.S.
  • Understanding Safer Sex Negotiation in a Group of Low-Income African Women
  • HIV-Related Communication and Power in Women Injecting Drug Users
  • Safer Sex Negotiation in Cross-Cultural Romantic Dyads: An Extension of Ting-Toomey’s Face Negotiation Theory
  • Navigating the Freedoms of College Life: Students Talk About Alcohol, Gender, and Sex
  • Part II. Negotiating Care
  • Communicating an HIV+ Diagnosis
  • Affirming the Role of Women as Carers: The Social Construction of AIDS Through the Eyes of Mother, Friend, and Nurse
  • Enacting Care: Successful Recruitment, Retention, and Compliance of Women in HIV/AIDS Medical Research
  • Part III. Negotiating Representation
  • Women and the AIDS Memorial Quilt
  • Redressing Sanuk: “Asian AIDS” and the Practices of Women’s Resistance
  • The Desire to Direct Differently: Women Producer/Directors of AIDS Films
  • Sentimentality, Race, and Boys on the Side
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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