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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532296/recently-released-black-men-s-perceptions-of-the-impact-of-incarceration-on-sexual-partnering
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Julie C Fields, Kelly M King, Kamila A Alexander, Katherine C Smith, Susan G Sherman, Amy Knowlton
Evidence suggests that men with recent histories of incarceration are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual activity, however there is limited research exploring how having been recently released from prison might impact men's sexual risk behaviours or sexual partnering. This qualitative study explores the ways in which exposure to incarceration impacts the dynamics of sexual partnering among recently released Black men in Baltimore, USA. In-depth interviews were conducted with 19 recently released Black men between 21-45 years of age living in the city...
May 23, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514927/la-vida-normal-living-with-hiv-in-santo-domingo-dominican-republic
#2
Clare Barrington, Deanna Kerrigan, Francisco I Cáceres Ureña, Karen Brudney
In this study, we explore how individuals living with HIV in the Dominican Republic strive to live a 'normal' life and the consequences of this pursuit of normalcy. We conducted qualitative in-depth interviews with men (n = 20) and women (n = 20) living with HIV and receiving care at two urban clinics in Santo Domingo. We analysed the data using a combination of narrative analysis and thematic coding. We aimed to identify how fears and/or lived experiences with social rejection and HIV-related stigma and discrimination shaped participants' abilities to maintain social relationships, be economically productive and manage HIV within the context of sexual relationships...
May 18, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508706/british-pakistani-lesbians-existing-within-the-confines-of-the-closet
#3
Asifa Siraj
This study explores the complex interaction between ethnicity, gender and [homo]sexuality and how this creates a framework of stigma that compels some British Pakistani lesbians to remain within the closet. The 'closet' here is a metaphor that describes the concealment of one's homosexual identity and the outward 'performance' of heterosexuality. British Pakistani lesbians precariously inhabit a sociocultural environment that constrains the expression of female sexuality. Women who oppose and contravene heteronormative values and ideals unsettle comfortable assumptions of heterosexuality...
May 16, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508701/beyond-invisibility-queer-intelligibility-and-symbolic-annihilation-in-healthcare
#4
Alex Müller
Sexual minority health is increasingly receiving attention by health sciences education and healthcare, with the core argument being that health can be improved by challenging sexual minority invisibility. Invisibility as a concept, however, does not allow for a deeper theoretical engagement with the reasons and consequences of the lack of representation of queerness in healthcare. Drawing on empirical research with queer healthcare users in South Africa, I argue that 'invisibility' actually encompasses two distinct, though related, concepts: queer symbolic annihilation as the reason for the exclusion of queer identities in health professions education and, by consequence, in healthcare; and queer (un)intelligibility as the consequence of this systemic erasure...
May 16, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498049/the-paradox-of-recognition-hijra-third-gender-and-sexual-rights-in-bangladesh
#5
Adnan Hossain
Hijra, the iconic figure of South Asian gender and sexual difference, comprise a publicly institutionalised subculture of male-bodied feminine-identified people. Although they have existed as a culturally recognised third gender for a very long time, it is only recently that hijra have been legally recognised as a third gender in several South Asian countries. This paper focuses on the transformation of this long-running cultural category of third gender into a legal category of third gender in Bangladesh, showing that the process of legal recognition has necessitated a simultaneous mobilisation of a discourse of disability in the constitution of hijra as citizens worthy of rights...
May 12, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498039/seduction-and-the-self-movements-through-precarity-race-and-sexuality-in-japanese-host-clubs
#6
Pardis Mahdavi
In this article, I build on the notion of precarity to argue that Japanese host clubs are sites in which a particular kind of intimacy and sense of 'belonging' are produced. The analysis highlights host clubs as necessary spaces among many in the precarious economy and as important venues for the production of subjectivity for the male hosts (both migrant and Japanese) as well as for the migrant women who frequent these establishments. In particular, host clubs provide a lucrative employment opportunity for young men - particularly young men who are migrants from the rural parts of Japan or the Philippines (and often Japanese-Filipino young men) who are trying to make a living in the context of what has been characterised as 'precarious Japan'...
May 12, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468533/willingness-to-use-short-term-oral-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-by-migrant-miners-and-female-partners-of-migrant-miners-in-mozambique
#7
Joana Falcao, Laurence Ahoua, Allison Zerbe, Pietro di Mattei, Rachel Baggaley, Victor Chivurre, Prince Mulondo, Isaias Ramiro, Shona Dalal, Fernando Morales, Kevin O'Reilly, Wafaa El-Sadr
Migrant miners from Mozambique who work in South Africa and their partners are at substantial risk for HIV infection. We conducted a cross-sectional study to assess the willingness of migrant miners and female partners of miners to take short-term pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for prevention of HIV acquisition. The study was conducted in Gaza Province, Mozambique, between September and October 2015. A total of 131 male miners and female partners of male miners completed a questionnaire. Subsequently, 48 in-depth interviews among male miners and female partners of miners and 3 focus-group discussions (6 participants each) among female partners of miners were conducted...
May 4, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463049/-part-of-me-already-knew-the-experiences-of-partners-of-people-going-through-a-gender-transition-process
#8
Krystle Chester, Antonia Lyons, Veronica Hopner
Research has shown that the gender transition of one partner in a relationship can have a significant impact on the non-transitioning partner. This paper explores the experiences of former and current cisgender partners of people making a gender transition. Six participants were recruited via snowball sampling and took part in semi-structured interviews, which were transcribed and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Three superordinate themes were identified, namely: (1) the shared and ongoing process of learning about a partner's transgender identity; (2) changes in relationships; and (3) impact on self and identity...
May 2, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463037/identity-management-strategies-among-hiv-positive-colombian-gay-men-in-london
#9
Rusi Jaspal, Iain Williamson
This study set out to explore the social-psychological aspects of living with HIV among a group of HIV-positive Colombian gay men in London, and the strategies that they deployed to manage ensuing threats to their identities. Focus group and individual interview data were collected from 14 Colombian gay men living with HIV, and were analysed using qualitative thematic analysis and identity process theory. The following themes are discussed: (1) identity struggles and conflicts in Colombia, (2), managing multiple layers of social stigma in England, and (3) changing interpersonal and intergroup dynamics, which highlight the inter-connections between sexual prejudice, sexual risk-taking and HIV stigma...
May 2, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424023/erratum
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April 20, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424001/corrigendum
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April 20, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423992/secrecy-empowerment-and-protection-positioning-prep-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa
#12
Eliza Govender, Leila Mansoor, Kate MacQueen, Quarraisha Abdool Karim
The release of World Health Organisation guidelines recommending the prophylactic use of daily Truvada(®) for all populations at high risk of acquiring HIV opens the way for implementation of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The impact of new prevention technologies is, however, dependent on demand creation strategies such as user awareness, acceptability and access, which in turn are influenced by sociocultural and gender norms. This study was conducted in three locations in KwaZulu-Natal, urban, rural and peri-urban, with six participatory workshops...
April 20, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418279/intersectional-stigma-among-midlife-and-older-black-women-living-with-hiv
#13
Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Amelia Jamison, Typhanye Dyer
HIV-related stigma is a barrier to the prevention and treatment of HIV. For midlife and older Black women, the nature and intensity of HIV-related stigma may be compounded by their multiple marginalised social status based on gender, race, and age. We examined the perceptions and experiences of HIV-related stigma among midlife and older Black women living in Prince George's County, Maryland, USA. Between 2014 and 2015, we conducted semi-structured interviews with a sample of 35 midlife and older Black women living with HIV...
April 18, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415961/changing-practices-and-shifting-meanings-of-female-genital-cutting-among-the-maasai-of-arusha-and-manyara-regions-of-tanzania
#14
Hannelore Van Bavel, Gily Coene, Els Leye
Using mixed methods that combined participant observation and semi-structured in-depth interviews, this study looked at changing practices and shifting meanings of female genital cutting among the Maasai people in Tanzania. The findings suggest that an increasing social pressure to abandon female genital cutting has inspired the hiding of the practice, causing the actual cutting to become detached from its traditional ceremonial connotations. This detaching of cutting from ceremony has created a shift in meanings: the ceremony still carries the meaning of passage into adulthood, while the cutting seems to function as a way of inscribing Maasai identity into the body...
April 18, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415921/intimate-strangers-eritrean-male-asylum-seekers-perceptions-of-marriage-and-sexuality
#15
Lior Birger, Einat Peled
This study examined perceptions of marriage and sexuality among male asylum seekers from Eritrea. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 14 men living in Israel. Their perceptions of marriage and sexuality were found to be influenced by their life as asylum seekers, and particularly by their encounter with a different culture, by their lack of legal status, and by the marked numerical imbalance between women and men within their community. Changes in their perceptions occurred after their arrival in Israel, and included greater relaxing of social codes and the transition from a relatively 'closed' sexual mindset to a more 'open' one...
April 18, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415911/risk-safety-and-sex-among-male-prep-users-time-for-a-new-understanding
#16
Kimberly Koester, Rivet K Amico, Hailey Gilmore, Albert Liu, Vanessa McMahan, Kenneth Mayer, Sybil Hosek, Robert Grant
Recent advances in biomedical HIV prevention have led to optimistic projections of a dramatic worldwide reduction of new infections by 2030. This optimism is counterbalanced by concerns that the protective benefits of one such technology, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), may be negated by increases in other behaviours that offset these benefits (risk compensation). To contribute to a deeper understanding of concepts of safety and risk in the context of HIV PrEP, we draw on the narrative accounts of 61 male PrEP users who participated in the inaugural PrEP demonstration project: the iPrEx open-label extension study...
April 18, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403689/limits-excesses-and-pleasures-practices-and-discourses-of-sex-work-in-a-mexican-rural-community
#17
Rodrigo Parrini, Ana Amuchástegui, Cecilia Garibi
In Tomatlán, a small city on the Mexican Pacific Coast there is a tolerance zone in which a group of sex workers, separated from the rest of the city by a garbage dump, offer their services to local men. The women present themselves materially and symbolically as agents of regulation with respect to male sexuality, itself constructed as overwhelming and insatiable, which, were it not for services provided by the sex workers, would threaten the family-based social order. Through in-depth interviews with 19 sex workers and 5 municipal officials, this paper discusses how the sex gender system results in a series of borders that are both geographical and subjective...
April 13, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402177/intersectional-harassment-and-deviant-embodiment-among-autistic-adults-dis-ability-gender-and-sexuality
#18
Jessica Penwell Barnett
Harassment scholarship increasingly attends to the intersectional nature of harassment and its function within systems of domination. However, little of this work includes disability. In-depth interviews with 24 adults on the autism spectrum in the USA demonstrate the intersections of gender, sexuality and (dis)ability in the construction of deviant embodiments as targets for harassment. These intersections also shape how participants made sense of these experiences of violence. Participants' disability characteristics were often read as gender or sexual variance, with harassers relying on sexist and heterosexist constructs to frighten, demean or humiliate them for disability characteristics...
April 12, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398172/men-s-perceptions-of-child-bearing-and-fertility-control-in-pakistan-insights-from-a-peer-project
#19
Eleanor Brown, Xaher Gul, Aamir Abbas, Asim Nasar, Asma Balal
Notions of masculinity, which promote the role of men as providers and decision-makers, alongside men's opposition to modern forms of contraception, have long been assumed to be a barrier to women's use of contraception in Pakistan. There has been little in-depth exploration of varieties of masculinity and how these may influence men's views of child-bearing or fertility preferences. This study used Participatory Ethnographic and Evaluation Research to explore married men's (aged 18 to 45 years) perceptions of marriage, child-bearing and fertility control...
April 11, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398161/abortion-as-agentive-action-reproductive-agency-among-young-women-seeking-post-abortion-care-in-uganda
#20
Amanda Cleeve, Elisabeth Faxelid, Gorette Nalwadda, Marie Klingberg-Allvin
Unsafe abortion in Africa continues to be a major contributor to the global maternal mortality which affects young women in particular. In Uganda, where abortion is legally restricted and stigmatised, unsafe abortion is a major public health issue. We explored reproductive agency in relation to unsafe abortion among young women seeking post-abortion care. Through in-depth interviews we found that reproductive agency was constrained by gender norms and power imbalances and strongly influenced by stigma. Lack of resources and the need for secrecy resulted in harmful abortion practices and delayed care-seeking...
April 11, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
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