Online Program

Navigating gender, race, sexuality and place in a spatial context HIV prevalence neighborhoods in cincinnati

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Carolette Norwood, PhD, Africana Studies, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Background: The objective of this study is to explore the implications of spatial context on sexual networking and the ways Black women navigate gender, race, and sexuality in High HIV prevalence urban neighborhoods in the Cincinnati metropolitan area. The theoretical framework guiding this study is Intersectionality by way of Black Feminism Thought (Hooks 1981; Collins 1990; Crenshaw 1990; Combahee River Collection 1982; Roberts 1998). This theoretical lens is important for understanding how interlocking systems of oppression restrict African American women's day-to-day choices and opportunities. The ways Black women's feminists/womanist sensibilities are manifested and how these then inform sexual decision making, HIV testing and other engagements in HIV preventative strategies, like regular condom use for instance, are the primary themes explored in this qualitative study. Methods: This study utilizes 25 in-depth qualitative interviews. Non-probability sampling techniques were used to recruit research subjects. Study participants were recruited from Cincinnati's top five zip codes of High HIV prevalence neighborhoods 45202 (Over-the-Rhine, Mt. Adams), 45229 (Avondale), 45206 (Walnut Hills) 45211 (Westwood, Cheviot), and 45219 (Clifton, Mt. Auburn). Data is being analyzed by open coding and pattern analyses. Results: Results of the study are tentative. Data are being collected and transcribed through May 2013. Conclusion: The main outcome of the study is to understand sexual networking in spatial context of HIV prevalence and how women's feminist/womanist sensibilities influence how they manage sexual health and negotiate sexual intimacy. Findings are ongoing but will be ready for presentation in November 2013.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the ways African American women manage sexual health in a spatial context of HIV prevalence Identify how and if their feminist/womanist sensibilities influence their sexual health management Explain the importance of spatial context and or confinement on African American women’s opportunities and limitations

Keyword(s): African American, Women and HIV/AIDS

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator of several internal university issued grants and recently a federally fund grant focusing on women’s sexual health and HIV prevention. My scientific interests include women’s sexual health, women’s empowerment and feminist sensibilities as strategies for mitigating new HIV infections.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.