Harm Reduction: Think About It
A study was conducted to assess the personal dynamics of women who were knowingly infected with HIV by their stable partners. Although this study took place in Brazil, the traits or "patterns of coping" that influenced women's decision to risk unprotected sex may be universal. At the very least, they're worth being aware of when we take stock of our own thoughts and behaviors concerning safer sex and harm reduction. The traits identified were classified as follows:
If any of the above ring even a distant bell for you, try to stop and listen. Recognizing the thought process that leads to possible risky (or addictive) behavior is a constructive act in itself.
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