MASCULINE IDEOLOGY& SEXUAL RISKS BEHAVIOURS AMONG BAHAMIAN MEN
Presenter: THERES A MOXEY-ADDERLEY
Heterosexual adult men have been a neglected population that is at risk for HIV infection. In an era burdened by the devastation caused by HIV, it is alarming that risky sexual behaviour continues to be a problem among heterosexuals. Heterosexual sexual behaviour has contributed to a growing trend of HIV transmission in the Caribbean where the average prevalence in the adult population is 5%. Despite the availability of condoms and HIV prevention efforts of many Caribbean public health departments to reduce the spread of the disease, there appears to be barriers to safer sex practices. Guided by the theory of planned behaviour, a descriptive correlation design was used with 185 Bahamian men ages 18 years and older to (a) examine the relationships among select demographics, masculine ideology, condom attitudes, self-efficacy for condom use, and safer sex behaviours; and (b) identify select predictors of condom use among Bahamian men. The empirical knowledge obtained from this study will be used to provide a rationale for nurses and policy makers to design and conduct culturally sensitive interventions with an aim of achieving an increase in safer sex behaviours among Bahamian men.