Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 169-187

First online:

Female Tourists, Casual Sex, and HIV Risk in Costa Rica

  • Nancy Romero-DazaAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, University of South Florida Email author 
  • , Andrea FreidusAffiliated with

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This paper describes the involvement of young female tourists who visit rural Costa Rica with gringueros (i.e., local men who actively seek relationships with foreign women), and explores the implications of these relations, which gringueros see as outlets for sexual adventure, for sexual behaviors that could contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS. The findings highlight the need to use tourism-related locales to implement HIV/AIDS awareness strategies targeted at women tourists, gringueros, and other local youth.


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