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Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention

  • By: Lynne M. Webb & Patricia Amason
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is a simple matter of sexual partners engaging in one of two options: (1) refraining from sexual activity, thus completely preventing potential disease acquisition; or (2) using protection (condoms) when engaging in sexual activities. U.S. public health officials have long recognized the importance of interpersonal communication in preventing the spread of STDs including the human papillomavirus (HPV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the precursor to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Sexually Transmitted Disease Research Areas

Numerous researchers have examined the communication and the nonverbal behaviors surrounding prevention strategies, called safer-sex talk; scholars have characterized safer-sex talk as gaming, persuasion, and negotiation. This extensive body of research documents and describes safer-sex conversations, including male versus female partners' differing perceptions and reports ...

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