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Type: Journal article
Title: Breaking silences and upholding confidences: responding to HIV in the Lihir Islands, Papua New Guinea
Author: Hemer, S.
Citation: Medical Anthropology, 2015; 34(2):124-138
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 0145-9740
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Susan R. Hemer
Abstract: Various forms of silence are understood to characterize the response to HIV/AIDS in the Lihir Islands in Papua New Guinea. While some efforts have been made to prevent HIV and educate residents, these seem not to have been in proportion to its classification as a high-risk setting for transmission, given social factors associated with the Lihir gold mine. Confidentiality is both practiced yet critiqued in Lihir as another form of silencing that detracts from efforts to emphasize the serious nature of HIV, promote its prevention, and care for those who live with it. 'Breaking the silence' has come to be seen as key to preventing HIV in Lihir, yet while certain silences are acknowledged, others have escaped scrutiny.
Keywords: Confidentiality; health promotion and prevention; HIV/AIDS; Papua New Guinea; secrecy
Rights: Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
RMID: 0030010940
DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2014.944263
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