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Sin, Sex and Stigma: A Pacific Response to hiv and aids (review)

Sin, Sex and Stigma: A Pacific Response to hiv and aids (review) book and media reviews tion practice now emphasizes prevention over prosecution. Forsyth's groundbreaking book is also a good example of the virtues of electronic publishing. It is available instantly, for free, as a PDF, while libraries and others out of reach of the Internet can order a paperback, printed on demand. "special responsibilities in the world" (387). The book is divided into two very different sections. The first, "Sexual Networking and Sexually Transmitted Dis-ease in the Pacific," contains five chapters. At the outset of these chapters, Hammar identifies 7--though there actually appear to be 8--key points on which the monograph is based: (1) National and international public health and policy personnel have not yet grasped the root causes of HIV transmission in Papua New Guinea. (2) The national response to hiv/aids has been based on insufficient empirical data. (3) Because hiv/ aids programs are externally funded and rely on a foreign epidemiological model and surveillance system, the epidemiological database is too "loose" to capture behavioral practices and guide the national response. (4) The response to hiv/aids is too biomedical and technical in nature, and it ignores social factors. (5) The risk of contracting hiv has inappropriately been externalized http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Sin, Sex and Stigma: A Pacific Response to hiv and aids (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 23 (2) – Aug 20, 2011

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book and media reviews tion practice now emphasizes prevention over prosecution. Forsyth's groundbreaking book is also a good example of the virtues of electronic publishing. It is available instantly, for free, as a PDF, while libraries and others out of reach of the Internet can order a paperback, printed on demand. "special responsibilities in the world" (387). The book is divided into two very different sections. The first, "Sexual Networking and Sexually Transmitted Dis-ease in the Pacific," contains five chapters. At the outset of these chapters, Hammar identifies 7--though there actually appear to be 8--key points on which the monograph is based: (1) National and international public health and policy personnel have not yet grasped the root causes of HIV transmission in Papua New Guinea. (2) The national response to hiv/aids has been based on insufficient empirical data. (3) Because hiv/ aids programs are externally funded and rely on a foreign epidemiological model and surveillance system, the epidemiological database is too "loose" to capture behavioral practices and guide the national response. (4) The response to hiv/aids is too biomedical and technical in nature, and it ignores social factors. (5) The risk of contracting hiv has inappropriately been externalized

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 20, 2011

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