2015, Number 4
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ABSTRACTIntroduction: Violence against women in the relationship and sexually transmitted diseases are one of the major health problems in this century.
Objectives: Determine psychosocial characteristics in women with sexually transmitted infections and possible interaction with partner violence.
Methods: An observational descriptive study was conducted from September 2009 to February 2010. The sample consisted of 30 women living with STIs inArea V, Cienfuegos Municipality. Data were collected through a semi-structured interview.
Results: The identifying characteristics found were: young women with a high school level of education, insufficient knowledge about sexually transmitted infections and who played productive role. The bonds that shaped their partner was non cohabiting partner, whose merger is fair-compensatory. The social representation held by women carrying a sexually transmitted infection was made contrary to the actual behaviors. Despondency, sadness and distrust were the most frequent negative emotional reactions, where almost all women were victims of their partner violence, predominantly psychological.
Conclusions: Social representations were poorly adjusted to their objective health status, accompanied by negative emotional states and have been victims of partner violence corresponded with this disease.
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