On the virgin cleansing myth: gendered bodies, AIDS and ethnomedicine

  title={On the virgin cleansing myth: gendered bodies, AIDS and ethnomedicine},
  author={S. Leclerc‐Madlala},
  journal={African Journal of AIDS Research},
  pages={87 - 95}
  • S. Leclerc‐Madlala
  • Published 2002
  • Medicine
  • African Journal of AIDS Research
  • The belief that HIV/AIDS can be cured as a result of having sex with a virgin has been identified as a possible factor in the rape of babies and children in South Africa. [...] Key Method Based on ethnographic research in several peri-urban settlements of KwaZulu-Natal province, key aspects of ethnomedical knowledge associated with notions of 'dirt' and women's bodies are examined along with the metaphors that inform local interpretations of HIV/AIDS.Expand Abstract
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