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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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“It’s Mutual Attraction”

“It’s Mutual Attraction”

Transvestites and the Risk of HIV Transmission in Urban Papua

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Making Sense of AIDS

Jack Morin

, Micaela Campbell
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Papuan waria—men who dress as women and identify themselves as women—and their risk of HIV transmission. The prevalence of violence and coercion in the lives of waria brings conditions of acute risk of HIV transmission to them and their sexual partners. Indeed, data show that waria tend to engage in sex without condoms, in unsafe locations, and with multiple sex partners. However, it also suggests that a particular group of waria—young Papuan men who seek to have sex for pleasure rather than for money—are in fact at greater risk of unsafe practices than those who transact sex for financial gain.

Keywords:   Papuan waria, waria, transvestites, HIV transmission, unsafe sex

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