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Counselling clients to follow 'the rules' of safe sex and ARV treatment.
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PMID:  23863077     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Ideas of 'responsible sexuality' are located at the centre of counselling in current antiretroviral treatment (ART) programmes. This paper analyses counselling practices in three HIV/AIDS clinics in Uganda on the basis of participant observation of counselling sessions and interviews with counsellors. The paper illustrates how counsellors concentrate on giving general behavioural instructions, while clients tend to demonstrate their compliance to these 'rules' rather than sharing their more intimate thoughts. This is especially the case in the contested terrain of sexual and reproductive behaviour. To explore this phenomenon, the paper analyses a number of dynamics characterising HIV counselling in Uganda, including the pressures of the global bio-political project to 'save lives' with ART, the counsellors' working conditions in resource-constrained clinics, the professional authority of counsellors and the clients' challenges to following the rules.
Louise Mubanda Rasmussen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-7-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Culture, health & sexuality     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1464-5351     ISO Abbreviation:  Cult Health Sex     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-7-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883416     Medline TA:  Cult Health Sex     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
a Department of Society and Globalisation , Roskilde University , Roskilde , Denmark.
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