Study: Financially-Dependent Women Less Likely To Use Condoms

    A woman with an empty coin purse and one penny in her hand(BlackDoctor.org) — Young women whose significant others are their primary source of spending money are more likely to report that they don’t use condoms, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

    • Almost one-quarter of the women in an HIV prevention study reported that they count on their significant other for spending money and that they had not used a condom in the preceding two months.

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    • Women who receive spending money from their family or a job, versus from a significant other, are more likely to use condoms.

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    These women may not explicitly exchange money for unprotected sex, says the report, “but their relationships may be implicitly transactional.”

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    “We live in a consumerist society in which people may feel that they cannot belong unless they have certain things,” explains lead author Janet Rosenbaum, Ph.D., who studies sexual decision-making at the University of Maryland Population Research Center. “Women who have needs that they feel aren’t being met may act unwisely to meet those needs.”

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