Sex Roles

, Volume 42, Issue 7–8, pp 495–521 | Cite as

Factors Affecting HIV Contraceptive Decision-Making Among Women

  • Gail E. Wyatt
  • Jennifer Vargas Carmona
  • Tamra Burns Loeb
  • Donald Guthrie
  • Dorothy Chin
  • Gwen Gordon


We examined contraceptive decision-making among African American, Latina, and European American women ages 18–50 years. Logistic regressions examined relationships between demographic and religious factors, unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), reasons for sex, and contraceptive decision-making. Women who were older, single, African American, used pregnancy prevention, and had histories of STDs and unintended pregnancies made contraceptive decisions alone. Older and African American women were more likely to choose no contraception. Among contraceptive users, African Americans used effective methods of pregnancy, but not disease, prevention. Women with STD histories, and younger, more educated women were more likely to use methods that prevent against both pregnancy and disease. Theoretical implications about contraceptive choices among ethnically diverse women are discussed.


Logistic Regression Social Psychology American Woman Transmitted Disease African American Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gail E. Wyatt
    • 1
  • Jennifer Vargas Carmona
    • 1
  • Tamra Burns Loeb
    • 1
  • Donald Guthrie
    • 1
  • Dorothy Chin
    • 1
  • Gwen Gordon
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos Angeles

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