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'If they have a girlfriend, they have five girlfriends': Accountability and sexism in volunteer workers' talk about HIV/AIDS in a South African health setting.

Authors
  • McVittie, Chris1
  • McKinlay, Andy2
  • Ranjbar, Vania3
  • 1 1 Queen Margaret University, UK.
  • 2 2 The University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • 3 3 Angereds Närsjukhus, Sweden. , (Sweden)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2018
Volume
23
Issue
2
Pages
206–217
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105316643374
PMID: 27098386
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Significant challenges remain in tackling the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Effective action requires both appropriate policy at a global level and informed practice on the local level. Here, we report how workers in a project in Johannesburg, South Africa, make sense of HIV transmission. Discourse analysis of data from interviews with 63 participants shows that project workers routinely attribute transmission to men's sexual relationships with multiple female partners. This explanation is so pervasive that it renders invisible other routes to transmission. Absence of consideration of other routes to infection potentially restricts front-line practice, so hindering local attempts to tackle HIV/AIDS.

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