The WHO concept of sexual health applied to an urban poor community in Mumbai, India
Objectives: The objectives of this study were to describe a scale that operationalizes the World Health Organization concept of sexual health and to assess factors associated with scale variation. Methods: Qualitative in-depth interviews (N = 39), sexual health interviews (N = 21), and survey data (N = 1,128) for this article are drawn from an Indo-U.S. project to reduce the incidence of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among poor urban married women (aged 18–49 years old) in Mumbai, India. Results: Lower sexual health status was significantly associated with gender inequity, marital violence, poorer marital relationships and physical health, and lower empowerment and social support. Conclusions: This work demonstrates the need to view sexual health in the broader context of community and family.
Mehrotra, Purnima, Stephen L. Schensul, Niranjan Saggurti, Joseph A. Burleson, and Shubhada Maitra. 2015. "The WHO concept of sexual health applied to an urban poor community in Mumbai, India," International Journal of Sexual Health 27(1).