Damaged Goods?: Women Living With Incurable Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Temple University Press
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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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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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Temple University Press
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Published on
Aug 21, 2009
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Pages
264
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ISBN
9781592137091
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Language
English
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Genres
Health & Fitness / Diseases / Contagious
Health & Fitness / Women's Health
Medical / Diseases
Medical / Infectious Diseases
Psychology / Human Sexuality
Social Science / Gender Studies
Social Science / General
Social Science / Human Sexuality
Social Science / Women's Studies
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