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Title: Effects of having a sexually transmitted infection on women's sexuality and self-concept
Contributor(s): East, Leah  (author)orcid ; Jackson, Debra  (author); O'Brien, Louise (author); Peters, Kath (author)
Publication Date: 2008
DOI: 10.1071/SHv5n4abs
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Abstract: Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the experiential aspect of having a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from young women's perspectives. Methodology: This study utilised a qualitative design and was informed by a feminist methodology. All data was collected via computer mediated communication and was subjected to thematic analysis. Results: Preliminary findings from this study have revealed that contracting a STI had an immense impact on the women's psychological and sexual wellbeing. The women suffered from significant disturbances in their sexuality and self-concept. The women feared revealing their infections to potential partners, which caused the women to refrain from relationships. They felt that they lacked sexual spontaneity resultant of their infections and perceived themselves as less than adequate sexual beings. Conclusions: Contracting a STI caused these women significant emotional distress through disrupting their intimate lives. The women felt that they were inadequate and feared engaging in romantic and intimate relationships with men. From this research greater insight and understanding into the experiential aspects of women with STIs is provided. Through this knowledge healthcare professionals working with women that have experienced a STI can be equipped with better understanding of the psychological and sexual health needs of these women.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: Australasian Sexual Health Conference 2008, Perth, Australia, 15th - 17th September, 2008
Source of Publication: Abstracts from the 2008 Australasian Sexual Health Conference, p. 72-72
Publisher: Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920210 Nursing
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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Series Name: Sexual Health
Series Number : Vol 5, no 4
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