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Fletcher, G. (2011). The cultural queasiness factor: examining intersections of gender, sexuality and HIV prevention in Burma/Myanmar
Asian Studies Review (2011)
  • Gillian Fletcher, (PhD), La Trobe University
Abstract

The Ministry of Health in Burma/Myanmar considers HIV its first priority in disease prevention, and HIV prevention represents a significantelement of the work of many of the international non-governmental organisations(INGOs) based in the country (CBI, 2006; Ministry of Health, 2008). Yetin Burma/Myanmar, as elsewhere in Southeast Asia, there is a ‘‘cultural queasiness’’ around HIV. This queasiness is a dis-ease of the emotions,transmitted through the ongoing linking of HIV transmission with ‘‘bad behaviour’’ (resulting, in part, from HIV prevention’s own repeated use of a‘‘risk group’’ approach). Indeed, the mere existence of HIV prevention work,in and of itself, sparks waves of cultural queasiness because it transgresses thenorms regarding which topics are considered appropriate for public airing, and which are not. Through reference to empirical research involving in-depthinterviews and observation of field work practice, this article demonstrates howthe desire to minimise this queasiness can result in disavowal of the experiential and emotional complications so deeply embedded in HIV prevention and HIV transmission. Thus HIV prevention both is affected by, and reinforces, cultural queasiness.

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2011
Citation Information
Gillian Fletcher. "Fletcher, G. (2011). The cultural queasiness factor: examining intersections of gender, sexuality and HIV prevention in Burma/Myanmar" Asian Studies Review Vol. 35 Iss. 2 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gillian_fletcher/6/