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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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Love as Sacrifice

Love as Sacrifice

The Romantic Underground and Beliefs about HIV/AIDS in Manokwari, Papua

(p.150) 8 Love as Sacrifice
Making Sense of AIDS

Sarah Hewat

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter investigates some determinants of HIV risk among young coastal Papuan women practicing courtship in Manokwari, Papua. The emphasis on sex in contemporary courtship is cause for concern, given the conditions under which it is practiced and given that, despite having less than one percent of the national population, Papua has more cases of AIDS-related mortality than anywhere else in Indonesia. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported this to be as high as twenty times the national average, or two percent of the population. The chapter then argues that the risk of HIV is heightened by a clash of ideologies that suppresses open discussion of sexuality and forces courting behavior underground in an atmosphere of shame and misinformation.

Keywords:   coastal Papuan women, contemporary courtship, AIDS, HIV, sexuality, courting

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