Sexual Culture, Structure, and Change

Héctor Carrillo*

*Corresponding author for this work

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8 Scopus citations


This chapter discusses current depictions in the behavioral science literature of the relationship between Latino/a migrants' sexual cultures and HIV risk, and analyzes conceptual limitations that may hinder deeper understandings of how these two issues are interrelated. There is a tendency to draw conclusions about cultural differences between migrants and the U.S.-born Latino population that are often unsubstantiated by empirical findings, primarily because behavioral studies typically are not designed to measure cultural factors. The chapter also examines the limitations caused by a propensity to focus exclusively on the migrants' behaviors in the United States, without inquiring about their lives prior to migration or their continued contact with their home countries. Finally, the chapter analyzes the consequences of a widespread reliance on simple acculturation measures, and on now problematic constructs such as simpatía, familismo, machismo, and marianismo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHIV Prevention with Latinos
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, and Practice
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199950232
ISBN (Print)9780199764303
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012


  • Acculturation
  • Cultural factors
  • Familismo and marianismo
  • Machismo
  • Migrants
  • Sexual culture
  • Simpatía

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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