AIDS, Sex, and Culture: Global Politics and Survival in by Ida Susser

By Ida Susser

AIDS, intercourse, and tradition is a revealing exam of the influence the AIDS epidemic in Africa has had on girls, in line with the author’s personal huge ethnographic examine.

  • based at the author's personal tale becoming up in South Africa
  • looks on the influence of social conservatism within the US on AIDS prevention courses
  • discussion of the stories of girls in parts starting from Durban in KwaZulu Natal to rural settlements in Namibia and Botswana
  • includes a bankruptcy written by means of Sibongile Mkhize on the collage of KwaZulu Natal who tells the tale of her personal family’s fight with AIDS

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Since presenting the voices of women without education may foster a stereotypical image and simply retelling a narrative in my own words can entail an unintended hierarchy, Chapter 5 brings the narrative of Sibongile Mkhize, holder of an MA and an AIDS researcher in Durban. She was a participant in an ethnographic training program there and went on to write her own story of the damage to her own family wrought by the virus. Her courage along with her intellectual insight in themselves dispel many of the stereotypes about stigma, culture, and women as victims that have characterized discussions of Africa and AIDS both in the research literature and the mass media.

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The common misconception that HIV/AIDS was exclusively a gay men’s disease began with the identification of the disease in 1981. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published an early warning about a new phenomenon found among patients at several hospitals, including Mount Sinai in New York City (Centers for Disease Control 1981). The cases identified by the CDC were all men, mostly with access to good medical care. The CDC were alerted by doctors concerned about the strange disease that was killing young middle-class men who could, in most circumstances, expect to be extremely healthy (Shilts 1987).

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