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Bailey, Barbara
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Centre for Gender and Development Studies
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HIV/AIDS: A Multi-Faceted Problem Caribbean Strategic Plan of Action: Strategies for preventing and controlling the epidemic
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UWI HARP's Third Scientific and Business Conference
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May 5-8, 2005
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Sherbourne Conference Centre. Barbados
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http:; www.uwiharpconference.org/presentations/AbstractRoo_111799804027
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Abstract
Objective: Presents preliminary findings of a qualitative study on Gender and Sexuality: Behaviours, Attitudes and Taboos Among UWI Students on the St. Augustine Campus. The purpose was to understand the interplay of gender, sexuality and race among students between the ages of 18-25 on the St. Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies and the implications for HIV prevention. Design and Methods: The qualitative study involved focus groups with 29 UWI students aged 18-25 years. From April to June 2004, there were four focus groups conducted, organized by race and gender. An interview protocol was developed on the following domains of interest: Gender expectations within sexual relationships; Belief systems and sexuality; Sexual practices, behaviours and taboos; Youth sexualities; Fertility; Sexual economic exchange; Violence, power and control; Substance use and abuse; Same sex and alternative sexualities. Results: The results were generated from student's views on each domain of interest. These ranged from expressions of traditional views of gender and sexuality as well as denial about the existence of HIV/AIDS on the campus. Also the male students were more open to discuss the issues of sexuality than the female students. Conclusions: It is clear that approaches need to be aligned with student's experiences. Current methods used for HIV prevention are not effective in altering students' behaviours and attitudes as well as perspectives towards taboos.....
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