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Damaged Goods? : Women Living With Incurable Sexually Transmitted Diseases

By: Nack, Adina.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (264 p.).ISBN: 9781592137091.Subject(s): Chronic Disease - psychology - United States | Herpes genitalis - Social aspects | Morals - United States | Papillomavirus diseases - Social aspects | Sexual Behavior - United States | Sexually Transmitted Diseases - psychology - United States | Sexually transmitted diseases - Social aspects | Sexually transmitted diseases | Women - Diseases - Social aspects | Women - United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Damaged Goods? : Women Living With Incurable Sexually Transmitted DiseasesDDC classification: 362.196/951 | 362.196951 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Mixing Morality with Medicine; Chapter 2: Sexual Invincibility; Chapter 3: STD Anxiety; Chapter 4: The Immoral Patient; Chapter 5: Damaged Goods; Chapter 6: Sexual Healing; Chapter 7: Reintegrating the Sexual Self; Chapter 8: From Personal Tragedies to Social Change; Appendix A: Gaining Entrée-an Auto-Ethnographic Foundation; Appendix B: Research Methodology; Appendix C: Demographic Characteristics of Participants; Notes; Glossary; References; Index
Summary: How do women living with genital herpes and/or HPV (human papilloma virus) infections see themselves as sexual beings, and what choices do they make about sexual health issues? Adina Nack, a medical sociologist who specializes in sexual health and social psychology, conducted in-depth interviews with 43 women about their identities and sexuality in regards to chronic illness. The result is a fascinating book about an issue that affects over 15 million Americans, but is all too little discussed. Damaged Goods adds to our knowledge of how women are affected by living with chronic STDs and reveals the stages of their sexual- self transformation. From the anxiety of being diagnosed with an STD to issues of blame and shame, Nack-herself diagnosed with a cervical HPV infection-shows why these women feeling that they are "damaged goods," question future relationships, marriage, and their ability to have healthy children.
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Contents; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Mixing Morality with Medicine; Chapter 2: Sexual Invincibility; Chapter 3: STD Anxiety; Chapter 4: The Immoral Patient; Chapter 5: Damaged Goods; Chapter 6: Sexual Healing; Chapter 7: Reintegrating the Sexual Self; Chapter 8: From Personal Tragedies to Social Change; Appendix A: Gaining Entrée-an Auto-Ethnographic Foundation; Appendix B: Research Methodology; Appendix C: Demographic Characteristics of Participants; Notes; Glossary; References; Index

How do women living with genital herpes and/or HPV (human papilloma virus) infections see themselves as sexual beings, and what choices do they make about sexual health issues? Adina Nack, a medical sociologist who specializes in sexual health and social psychology, conducted in-depth interviews with 43 women about their identities and sexuality in regards to chronic illness. The result is a fascinating book about an issue that affects over 15 million Americans, but is all too little discussed. Damaged Goods adds to our knowledge of how women are affected by living with chronic STDs and reveals the stages of their sexual- self transformation. From the anxiety of being diagnosed with an STD to issues of blame and shame, Nack-herself diagnosed with a cervical HPV infection-shows why these women feeling that they are "damaged goods," question future relationships, marriage, and their ability to have healthy children.

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Based on the responses of participants interviewed for her qualitative dissertation, Nack (sociology, California Lutheran Univ.) theorizes that women who live with chronic sexually transmitted diseases can undergo a "sexual self transformation" as a result of having an STD. Nack's personal experience and her work as a sexual health educator informs the grounded theory analysis of her ethnographic data, and contributes to the development of a six-stage model of women's sexual self-concept formed through the intersections of gender norms, moral identity, and medical management of STDs. This book makes a significant addition to the sexual health research literature by focusing on women who live with a condition other than HIV, but its most important contribution is the concept of a reintegrated sexual self that not only can survive a chronic STD, but also triumph over stigma, sexual health politics, and the social construction of immorality. This work will interest sexual health educators, feminists, women's health specialists, and scholars who integrate qualitative methodology into their research. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, professionals/practitioners, and general readers. P. Lefler Bluegrass Community & Technical College

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Adina Nack is Associate Professor of Sociology at California Lutheran University and has been involved with sexual health education for more than a decade as an outreach worker, health educator, researcher, as well as a professor of sexuality studies. She is a member of Ventura County's HIV/AIDS Coalition and, for several years has been the organizer of the county's World AIDS Day events.

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