How do women living with genital herpes and/or HPV (human papilloma virus) infections see themselves as sexual beings, and what choices do they make about sexual health issues? Adina Nack, a medical sociologist who specializes in sexual health and social psychology, conducted in-depth interviews with 43 women about their identities and sexuality in regards to chronic illness. The result is a fascinating book about an issue that affects over 15 million Americans, but is all too little discussed. Damaged Goods adds to our knowledge of how women are affected by living with chronic STDs and reveals the stages of their sexual- self transformation. From the anxiety of being diagnosed with an STD to issues of blame and shame, Nack-herself diagnosed with a cervical HPV infection-shows why these women feeling that they are \u0022damaged goods,\u0022 question future relationships, marriage, and their ability to have healthy children.
Adina Nack is Associate Professor of Sociology at California Lutheran University and has been involved with sexual health education for more than a decade as an outreach worker, health educator, researcher, as well as a professor of sexuality studies. She is a member of Ventura County's HIV/AIDS Coalition and, for several years has been the organizer of the county's World AIDS Day events.
Acknowledgments viii 1 Mixing Morality with Medicine 1 2 Sexual Invincibility 25 3 STD Anxiety 53 4 The Immoral Patient 70 5 Damaged Goods 94 6 Sexual Healing 111 7 Reintegrating the Sexual Self 136 8 From Personal Tragedies to Social Change 165 Appendix A: Gaining Entree - an Auto-Ethnographic Foundation 205 Appendix B: Research Methodology 216 Appendix C: Demographic Characteristics of Participants 226 Notes 228 Glossary 230 References 238 Index 250