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Navigating unintelligibility: queer Australian young women’s negotiations of safe sex and risk

Grant, R ORCID: 0000-0003-3007-0168 and Nash, M ORCID: 0000-0002-7429-4924 2017 , 'Navigating unintelligibility: queer Australian young women’s negotiations of safe sex and risk' , Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 23, no. 2 , pp. 306-319 , doi: 10.1177/1359105317741658.

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Abstract

Australian public health promotion positions safe sex as a biomedical, heteronormative concept. Consequently, there is a dearth of scholarly research examining queer young women’s sexual health. To fill this knowledge gap, this article considers how Australian bisexual and queer young women understand ‘safe sex’ and conceptualise ‘good’ sexual citizenship. Drawing on qualitative interviews with 15 participants in Tasmania, findings reveal that although queer women understand heterosexual safe sex, there is little awareness of safer sexual practices with female partners. We argue that gendered sexual scripts shape perceptions of sexual health risk whereby queer women adopt multiple situation-dependent approaches to safer sex.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Grant, R and Nash, M
Keywords: queer, women's health, Tasmania, safe sex
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Health Psychology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISSN: 1359-1053
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1359105317741658
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Copyright 2017 The Authors

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