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
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 28 2016

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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