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Am J Public Health. 2007 Jun;97(6):997-1005. Epub 2007 Apr 26.

Modern marriage, men's extramarital sex, and HIV risk in southeastern Nigeria.

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Department of Anthropology, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA. Daniel_J_Smith@brown.edu

Abstract

For women in Nigeria, as in many settings, simply being married can contribute to the risk of contracting HIV. I studied men's extramarital sexual behavior in the context of modern marriage in southeastern Nigeria. The results indicate that the social organization of infidelity is shaped by economic inequality, aspirations for modern lifestyles, gender disparities, and contradictory moralities. It is men's anxieties and ambivalence about masculinity, sexual morality, and social reputation in the context of seeking modern lifestyles--rather than immoral sexual behavior and traditional culture--that exacerbate the risks of HIV/AIDS.

PMID:
17463366
PMCID:
PMC1874209
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2006.088583
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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