Social Capital Barriers To Preventive Care

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Over the past years, one issue has consistently polarized politicians and the American nation at large. The source of said tension, even manifestations and riots, has been the ethics and legality of abortion. As the nation becomes divided in their defense or attack of Planned Parenthood, the women that benefit from preventive services become forgotten—whether they currently have adequate access to preventable services must examined before making any political decision regarding women’s health. As many women struggle to afford or gain access to preventive services—especially those preventing sexually transmitted diseases like HIV or improving maternal health—they may feel frustrated at their individual inability to overcome barriers. Yet, these …show more content…
Investigations as to whether these barriers to access have a negative impact on women’s health were performed in a 2003 study, where Holtgrave and Crosby confirmed that a lack of social capital shows high correlation with greater sexually transmitted disease rates, confirming a harmful effect on women’s health (79). Because of the severity of this established correlation—women finding themselves without the proper support to access sexual health preventive services experience worsening health—this paper intends to first explore the types of social capital decline nationally and then illuminate the devastating individual …show more content…
Again, D’Amico speaks to the difficulties that arise from a lack of job and schooling, including unstable housing and unwise choices: “Barriers to women 's successful transition to adulthood were noted, including lack of housing and health care, poor decision making skills, and attention to personal safety” (2009: 125). With a combination of poor access to housing and health care and little education as to wise decisions, increases in HIV spread among such populations can be

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