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Title: Alcohol consumption, brothel attendance, and condom use: Normative expectations among Thai military conscripts
Authors: Kathleen M. Macqueen
Taweesak Nopkesorn
Michael D. Sweat
Yothin Sawaengdee
Timothy D. Mastro
Bruce G. Weniger
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Somdej Chaopraya hospital
Johns Hopkins University
Mahidol University
Keywords: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Jan-1996
Citation: Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Vol.10, No.3 (1996), 402-423
Abstract: This article investigates the relationship between alcohol consumption and inconsistent condom use with brothel-based commercial sex workers among Thai military conscripts in Northern Thailand. Data from 10 focus groups indicate that alcohol consumption (1) is consciously used by men to reduce inhibitions that constrain their interpersonal interaction with women and with each other; (2) reduces inhibitions of individuals to sexual risk taking; (3) provides a socially acceptable excuse for nonuse of condoms; (4) is associated by conscripts with brothel attendance; and (5) is seen to enhance male sexual pleasure, in contrast to condoms, which are said to reduce pleasure. Understanding the culturally defined expectations that surround alcohol consumption and sexual behavior is critical for developing realistic interventions to reduce HIV transmission.
ISSN: 07455194
Appears in Collections:Scopus 1991-2000

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