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“I’m in control: I’m not stumbling in the dark anymore”: Midlife women’s experiences of successfully negotiating safer sex with new partners

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posted on 28.11.2019, 00:00 by C O’Mullan, J Debattista, Lynne ParkinsonLynne Parkinson
The rates of STIs in women over 45 years have been steadily increasing in Australia and other Western countries. Traditionally sexual health and STI prevention and research has positioned young people as the priority population; to date, insufficient attention has been paid to the sexual health of women over 45 years. Using a strengths-based approach, the objective of this study was to explore the factors and mechanisms that enable Australian women aged 45 to 64 years to successfully negotiate safer sex practices in new relationships. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was employed for an in-depth exploratory study of a sample of eight women. Three broad themes emerged: being informed, being prepared, and being empowered. These findings provide a valuable insight into how we can initiate change and support safer sex practices for this target group. © 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

31

Issue

1

Start Page

73

End Page

88

Number of Pages

16

eISSN

1540-7322

ISSN

0895-2841

Publisher

Routledge, US

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Qld Health

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Women and Aging

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