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Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice$
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Niels Teunis and Gilbert Herdt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246140

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246140.001.0001

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Childhood Sexual Abuse and HIV among Latino Gay Men: The Price of Sexual Silence during the AIDS Epidemic

Childhood Sexual Abuse and HIV among Latino Gay Men: The Price of Sexual Silence during the AIDS Epidemic

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(p.35) Chapter 1 Childhood Sexual Abuse and HIV among Latino Gay Men: The Price of Sexual Silence during the AIDS Epidemic
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Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice
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Sonya Grant Arreola

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246140.003.0002

Empirical data proves that Latino gay men comprise one of the most vulnerable groups in the United States for transmission of HIV. As a category, they are more likely to contract HIV than white gay men. Further, Latino men who have sex with men have accounted for an increasing proportion of AIDS cases and have had smaller proportionate declines in AIDS incidence and deaths. However, even these high estimates appear to be an underestimation of the holistic situation, in view of the low rates of testing among ethnic minorities who engage in high-risk behaviors. This chapter inquires into the causes for failure of a safety regime, proliferated mainly through sex-education and awareness. Empirical data infers that, a history of childhood sexual abuse alters boys' cognitive and emotional orientation to the world, thereby inhibiting their ability to integrate their intentions to practice safer sex with their actual behavior.

Keywords:   Latino gay men, AIDS incidence, underestimation, high-risk behavior, emotional orientation, actual behavior

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