Pleasure or Pain? Women's Perceptions of Harm and Sexual Risk: a Qualitative Study of Vaginal Practices in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Fiona Scorgie

Research on vaginal practices for ‘dry sex’ in sub-Saharan Africa has established that many of these practices pose distinct health risks, particularly where HIV infection rates are high. Drawing on a study of vaginal practices in KwaZulu-Natal province conducted in 2005, this paper addresses an under-researched theme, namely, women’s own perceptions of the practices’ potential for harm and the manner in which such risk-assessment is shaped by local sexual politics. Women’s views on this subject are also contrasted with those of health workers. 

 

 

Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: The Ford Foundation
Sydney Australia, April 2007

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Fiona Scorgie

Anthropologist, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

Co-authors: Busi Kunene, Jennifer Smit, Ntsiki Manzini, Eleanor Preston-Whyte, Mags Beksinska, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
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