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Title: Semen contains vitality and heredity, not germs: seminal discourse in the AIDS Era
Authors: Khan, Sharful Islam
Hudson-Rodd, Nancy
Saggers, Sherry
Bhuiyan, Mahbubul Islam
Bhuiya, Abbas
Karim, Syed Afzalul
Rauyajin, Oratai
Keywords: Semen loss
Sexuality
Sexual health
Sexually transmitted infections
Human immunode­ficiency virus
AIDS
Bangladesh
Issue Date: 6-Sep-2007
Series/Report no.: J Health Popul Nutr
2006 Dec;2(4):426-437
Abstract: Perspectives of public health generally ignore culture-bound sexual health concerns, such as semen loss, and primarily attempt to eradicate sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Like in many other countries, sexual health concerns of men in Bangladesh have also received less attention compared to STIs in the era of AIDS. This paper describes the meanings of non-STI sexual health concerns, particularly semen loss, in the mascu­linity framework. In a qualitative study on male sexuality, 50 men, aged 18-55 years, from diverse sociodemographic backgrounds and 10 healthcare practitioners were interviewed. Men considered semen the most powerful and vital body fluid representing their sexual performance and reproduc­tive ability. Rather than recognizing the vulnerability to transmission of STIs, concerns about semen were grounded in the desire of men to preserve and nourish seminal vitality. Traditional practitioners supported semen loss as a major sexual health concern where male heritage configures male sexuality in a patriarchal society. Currently, operating HIV interventions in the framework of disease and death may not ensure participation of men in reproductive and sexual health programmes and is, therefore, less likely to improve the quality of sexual life of men and women.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/163
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