|Cultural Construction of Sexually Transmitted Disease, The|
|Written by Epstein, Elaine|
The Cultural Construction of Sexually Transmitted Disease
Author: Epstein, Elaine
Its consequence for intervention approaches
This paper explores the cultural construction of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the cultural practices which enhance the risk of STD infection among STD patients in order to identify appropriate intervention approaches that may be effective in reducing the spread of STDs. In addition, the types of sexual relationships patients engage in, is explored within the context of cultural norms, in examining more specifically the issues and problems associated with a particular intervention approach, namely partner notification among STD clinic attenders. The paper begins by examining the problem of STDs in South Africa, the urgent necessity of addressing the problem and the need for improved partner notification methods.