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Anthropology and Public HealthBridging Differences in Culture and Society$
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Robert A Hahn and Marcia Inborn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.001.0001

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Sexual Risk Reduction among Married Women and Men in Urban India: An Anthropological Intervention

Sexual Risk Reduction among Married Women and Men in Urban India: An Anthropological Intervention

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(p.362) 13 Sexual Risk Reduction among Married Women and Men in Urban India: An Anthropological Intervention
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Anthropology and Public Health
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Stephen L. Schensul

Ravi K. Verma

Bonnie K. Nastasi

Niranjan Saggurti

Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.003.0014

This chapter describes research, intervention, and evaluation projects conducted over a decade by a collaborative Indo-US group that are focused on the prevention of HIV/STI among married women and men living in urban poor communities in Mumbai, India. Formative research on men's and women's sexual and reproductive health, using qualitative and quantitative methodologies, identified syndromes that provided the opportunities for linking HIV/STI prevention intervention with highly salient culturally-based beliefs. This research also led to the design of multilevel intervention at the community, provider, and patient level that utilizes an ecological model consistent with principles drawn from Indian systems of medicine. The intervention and its results form the basis for a set of guidelines concerning the role of anthropology in public health interventions.

Keywords:   HIV/STI prevention, urban poor communities, India, culturally-based syndromes, sexual health

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