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The fluidity of sexual preference and identity: A challenge for social movements and AIDS prevention programs in Brazil

Författare och institution:
Maj-Lis Follér (Institutionen för globala studier); Simone Monteiro (-)
Publicerad i:
Bodies and Borders in Latin America, s. 15-30
Stockholms universitet
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The Brazilian National STD/AIDS Program (NAP) is seen worldwide as a “success story” regarding advances in the control of HIV/AIDS and its close cooperation with AIDS-NGOs. Prevention campaigns developed by governmental and non-governmental organizations recognize the importance of supplementing the campaigns directed to the general public with activities for specific audiences that are based on their risk behavior, such as men having sex with men (MSM), injected drug users (IDU), sex workers, or campaigns based on identity labels (i.e., gay). However, based on an exploratory review of the literature, this article shows that the process of sexual identity formation and the variations in sexual preference during a lifetime are rarely discussed in programs (by governments, NGOs, or international donors) related to HIV/AIDS prevention or even in the research on AIDS. The work indicates that sexual identity labels are culturally constructed and arbitrary, as well as a sign of society’s need to categorize and create borders, which are then transgressed by individuals. It is concluded that NGOs and government agencies working with prevention and involved in the struggle for sexual and human rights and respect for sexual diversity, as well as studies related to sexual health, should consider transgressing cultural, sexual, and economic boundaries, particularly among young people in the population.
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Brazil, Sexuality, identity, AIDS, prevention
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2012-05-21 10:00

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