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

@article{LeclercMadlala2002OnTV,
  title={On the virgin cleansing myth: gendered bodies, AIDS and ethnomedicine},
  author={Suzanne M Leclerc-Madlala},
  journal={African Journal of AIDS Research},
  year={2002},
  volume={1},
  pages={87 - 95}
}
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.
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