Sexual Health and Language Dominance Among Hispanic/Latino Women and Men: Analysis of a Nationally Representative Sample

Lucia Guerra-Reyes, Benjamin Rush, Debby Herbenick, Brian Dodge, Michael Reece, Vanessa Schick, Stephanie A. Sanders, J. Fortenberry

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Abstract

This study assessed the prevalence of sexual behaviors among a nationally representative sample of Latino men and women in the United States (US) (N = 432) including Spanish language data collection. Prior studies of sexual health among US Latinos have consisted of convenience samples, and focused mainly on assessing risk behaviors. We consider a broader range of sexual behaviors, subjective sexual experiences (e.g. pleasure and arousal), and STI testing behaviors. Analyses by language dominance and gender indicate a higher variability in sexual behaviors for English-dominant participants and a link between overall STI testing to regular medical examinations, especially women. Higher rates of pleasure, orgasms and arousal was reported by Spanish-dominant men and women, relative to the English-dominant group. Results represent a nuanced examination of internal differentiation among US Latinos and provides applicable data for reducing sexual health disparities in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
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StateAccepted/In press - Jun 28 2016

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Reproductive Health
Hispanic Americans
Sexual Behavior
Pleasure
Language
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Arousal
Orgasm
Risk-Taking
Cross-Sectional Studies
Population

Keywords

  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Language dominance
  • Sexual behaviors
  • Sexual health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Sexual Health and Language Dominance Among Hispanic/Latino Women and Men : Analysis of a Nationally Representative Sample. / Guerra-Reyes, Lucia; Rush, Benjamin; Herbenick, Debby; Dodge, Brian; Reece, Michael; Schick, Vanessa; Sanders, Stephanie A.; Fortenberry, J.

In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 28.06.2016, p. 1-14.

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Guerra-Reyes, Lucia ; Rush, Benjamin ; Herbenick, Debby ; Dodge, Brian ; Reece, Michael ; Schick, Vanessa ; Sanders, Stephanie A. ; Fortenberry, J. / Sexual Health and Language Dominance Among Hispanic/Latino Women and Men : Analysis of a Nationally Representative Sample. In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2016 ; pp. 1-14.
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