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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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Fitting Condoms on Culture

Fitting Condoms on Culture

Rethinking Approaches to HIV Prevention in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea

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(p.246) 13 Fitting Condoms on Culture
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Making Sense of AIDS
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Katherine Lepani

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831936.003.0014

This concluding chapter discusses how the concept of culture is used in communication about HIV risk and prevention, and looks specifically at how Trobrianders' conceptual engagement with HIV and AIDS is mediated by cultural knowledge and social practice. There is widespread awareness among Trobriand men and women that condoms provide the means for preventing HIV transmission. To some extent, condom use is influenced by the perception that HIV risk is something that exists beyond spatial boundaries of familiarity. Young men report that because of limited condom supply, they tend to save condoms for use with partners from outside their immediate network of relationships. Ultimately, young people's preference for forming steady relationships with partners from their own village or villages proximate to their own reflects how sexual networks assume spatial dimensions that define both tubwa membership and established exchange networks within and between affiliate villages.

Keywords:   cultural knowledge, social practice, Trobrianders, condoms, HIV transmission, HIV risk, sexual networks, tubwa membership

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