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Making Sense of AIDSCulture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia$
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Leslie Butt and Richard Eves

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831936

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831936.001.0001

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Why Are Kanak Women More Vulnerable than Others to HIV?

Why Are Kanak Women More Vulnerable than Others to HIV?

Ethnographic and Statistical Insights from New Caledonia

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(p.80) 4 Why Are Kanak Women More Vulnerable than Others to HIV?
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Making Sense of AIDS
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Christine Salomon

Christine Hamelin

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831936.003.0005

This chapter discusses how sexual health and female HIV risk-taking behaviors are strongly affected by women's social and cultural situation. Kanak women are highly vulnerable to HIV, not only because of colonial history and current social inequalities, but also because of gender norms and relationships within the Kanak community. This includes a high rate of violence toward women whose ability to negotiate sex and protect themselves is influenced not only by present violence but also by the effects of a long history of abuse. Indeed, it is necessary to treat HIV/AIDS and violence against girls and women as co-epidemics that thrive in the same cultural, social, and political environments.

Keywords:   sexual health, Kanak women, HIV, Kanak community, sexual violence, sexual abuse, social inequalities

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