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Zolani Ngwane
"The Impact of Generational Difference on HIV Prevention Interventions: A South African Case Study"

This paper provides a perspective on rural Malawi during the unsettled times following the recognition by village residents that AIDS is a profound danger. The primary data are observational field journals in which local ethnographers wrote their recollections of conversations about AIDS that they overheard or participated in during the course of their daily lives. In their networks of friends, relatives and neighbors, rural Malawians are publicly discussing a range of strategies of prevention. These strategies range from the abstinence, fidelity and consistent condom use prescribed by international and national experts to innovative strategies of partner selection, divorce, and renewed religious commitment. I also consider the effectiveness of these strategies, and speculate about the applicability of these findings to other populations.

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