Sexual Health Interventions for Black Women in the United States: A Systematic Review of Literature

Samuella Ware, Shemeka Thorpe, Amanda E. Tanner

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Objective: The purpose of this systematic review was to identify and evaluate approaches used in sexual health interventions targeting Black women in the United States. Methods: We conducted a review of 15 sexual health intervention studies for Black women published between January 2000 and May 2017 in the United States. Results: Each intervention focused on HIV/sexually transmitted infection prevention, incorporated an asset and deficit-based approach, primarily used individual-level assets, and was effective in achieving the stated sexual health-related outcomes. Conclusions: Comprehensive sexual health interventions require further development and refinement to include more community and institutional-level assets to improve long-term sustainable change and empower Black women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-215
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019

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  • Black women
  • Sexual health
  • assets
  • intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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