Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 430–433 | Cite as

Associations of Self-Silencing and Egalitarian Attitudes with HIV Prevention Behaviors Among Latina Immigrant Farmworkers

  • Daisy Ramírez-Ortiz
  • Patria RojasEmail author
  • Mariana Sánchez
  • Miguel Ángel Cano
  • Mario De La Rosa
Brief Communication


Latinas in farmworker communities are at particularly higher risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) due to the vulnerable circumstances they experience. However, little is known about the factors influencing HIV prevention behaviors in this population. The aim of this study was to examine the associations of self-silencing behaviors and egalitarian attitudes toward women in relation to three HIV prevention behaviors: self-efficacy for HIV prevention, intentions to negotiate safe sex, and HIV-related knowledge. This study is a cross-sectional analysis that used hierarchical multiple regression models to examine these previously mentioned associations, among Latina immigrant farmworkers from Miami-Dade County, Florida (n = 232). Findings indicated that self-silencing behaviors were adversely associated with the three HIV preventive behaviors whereas egalitarian attitudes were positively associated. Findings from this study may help to advance the understanding of sociocultural determinants of HIV prevention behaviors among Latina immigrants.


Latino/a Immigrant Farmworkers HIV/AIDS prevention Self-silencing 



Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (P20 MD002288) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (K01 AA025992). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Gira Ravelo, Maria A. Khalona and Weize Wang and all the interviewers for their work collecting and cleaning the data during the project, and acknowledge Arnaldo Gonzalez for his editing support. We would also like to acknowledge our community partner MUJER, Inc. for their support, and the study participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daisy Ramírez-Ortiz
    • 1
  • Patria Rojas
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Mariana Sánchez
    • 2
    • 3
  • Miguel Ángel Cano
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mario De La Rosa
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug AbuseFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health Promotion and Disease PreventionFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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