Semen contains vitality and heredity, not germs: seminal discourse in the AIDS Era

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dc.contributor.authorKhan, Sharful Islam-
dc.contributor.authorHudson-Rodd, Nancy-
dc.contributor.authorSaggers, Sherry-
dc.contributor.authorBhuiyan, Mahbubul Islam-
dc.contributor.authorBhuiya, Abbas-
dc.contributor.authorKarim, Syed Afzalul-
dc.contributor.authorRauyajin, Oratai-
dc.identifier.citationJ Health Popul Nutr 2006 Dec;2(4):426-437-
dc.description.abstractPerspectives 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.en
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dc.subjectSemen lossen
dc.subjectSexual healthen
dc.subjectSexually transmitted infectionsen
dc.subjectHuman immunode­ficiency virusen
dc.titleSemen contains vitality and heredity, not germs: seminal discourse in the AIDS Eraen
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