With research based on focus group and individual interviews in the United States, as well as a thorough and integrative review of the current literature, LatinoGay Men and HIV discusses the six main sociocultural factors in Latino communities -- machismo, homophobia, family cohesion, sexual silence, poverty and racism--which undermine safe sex practices. In an attempt to explain the alarmingly high incidence of unprotected intercourse in this population, this in-depth cultural and psychological analysis shows how an apparent incongruence between knowledge or intention and behavior can possess its own sociocultural logic and meaning.
About the Author:
Rafael M. Diaz is Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. He was previously an Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University. He is by training a social worker and developmental psychologist.