The meaning, lived experiences and intentions for safer sex communication among young Batswana women in dyadic relationships
Magowe, Mabel K.M.
PublisherScientific Research, www.scirp.org/
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Increased heterosexual transmission of HIV among young women and their difficulties with safer sex com- munication calls for women-focused research. This qualitative phenomenological study explored the mean- ing and lived experiences of women, as part of larger pre-dissertation pilot on health protective sexual com- munication among young women in Gaborone, Bots- wana. This was a study conducted in two Gaborone City Council MCH clinics. Twenty women partici- pated in individual in-depth interviews conducted in Setswana, tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim, trans- lated into English for line by line analysis to extract themes and subthemes. Six main themes and nine subthemes emerged from the data. The main themes were: the meaning of HPSC, responsibility for HPSC, HPSC content, facilitating factors, partner’s response. Batswana women communicate with their male sex-ual partners about safer sex but face some difficulties. Further quantitative research can further explore women’s experiences with safer sex communication.