Church, culture, and condoms. Culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa south of the Sahara
The author conceptualizes Aids in Africa as an anachronistic interaction: between pre-modern culture and a ´post-modern´ disease. In this sense, concepts of sexuality and partnership which a few generations back were protective for collective health today, in the face of Aids, prove to be risky - and new societally accepted rules have not yet emerged. So culture may be a risk for health, and Hirschmann proposes an improvement of public health and general conditions for health through cultural change as a culturally sensitive method of prevention.
Keywords: HIV, AIDS, contraception in Africa, culture and disease, disease and culture, prevention of disease, medical anthropology