Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 455–485 | Cite as

Inner-city women and AIDS: The psycho-social benefits of unsafe sex

  • E. J. Sobo


The paper describes and analyzes findings from a larger study of the links between low levels of condom use and impoverished, urban, African-American women's experiences and understandings of heterosexual relationships. The research identifies and explores psycho-social barriers to safer-sex. This article examines, in detail, HIV/AIDS risk denial and women's strategic use of unsafe (condomless) sex and “monogamy narratives” to build and to maintain this denial. The tendency to view urban African-American women's conjugal affiliations as instrumental is questioned.


Large Study Heterosexual Relationship Conjugal Affiliation Risk Denial 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. J. Sobo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology/Anthropology Dept. 3BVNew Mexico State UniversityLas Cruces

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