AIDS and condom-related knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors in Mexican migrant laborers

Kurt C. Organista*, Pamela Balls Organista, Javier E. García De Alba G, Marco Antonio Castillo Morán, Héctor Carrillo

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AIDS and condom-related knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors were assessed in Mexican migrant laborers. The sample consisted of 55 men and 32 women who were administered a modified version of the Hispanic Condom Questionnaire. Results indicated that respondents were knowledgeable about actual modes of HIV transmission but that a third to half of the sample believed they could contract AIDS from unlikely sources such as mosquito bites, public bathrooms, and kissing on the mouth. Knowledge of proper condom use was problematic, and frequency of condom use during the past year was no higher than half of the time. Concern about contracting AIDS was generally low but was highest for migrants that were younger and for those with multiple sex partners. Although respondents reported few negative beliefs about the consequences of condom use, most believed that women would be seen as promiscuous for carrying condoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-406
Number of pages15
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language


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