University of New Hampshire
Mentor: Dr. Jean Elson, UNH Department of Sociology
Health Care Practitioners and Their Perceptions of Women of Lower Incomes and Their Accessibility to Sexually Transmitted Disease Treatments
Lower income women have many obstacles when attempting to seek health care. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a woman’s reproductive rights are not in tact if she cannot afford treatment. The Center for American Progress reported in 2004 that one third of low income women in the US, between the ages of 18 to 64 had no health insurance (Rivera). At the same time, lower income women are at greater risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections and diseases. These findings introduce questions about lower income women’s sexual health care for which I will seek answers. My research will help to answer questions regarding the accessibility of sexually transmitted infections/diseases (STI/STD), treatment to women who have lower incomes, adherence to treatment protocols surrounding STIs/STDs by low income women, and will provide recommendations to increase lower income women’s access to testing and treatment of STIs/STDs.
My goal for this research is that it will add to the existing literature on health issues for women who have lower incomes and their struggles with access to quality health care and treatment. It is important to educate women in general about STI/STD infection, and particularly, women from lower income categories, who may be more vulnerable.