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Title:'Balinsalamu embawo?' AIDS and the context of sexual behaviour adjustment in Rakai, Uganda, c. 1975-90
Author:Kuhanen, JanISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies
Geographic term:Uganda
health education
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17531050903550108
Abstract:This paper approaches HIV and AIDS in Rakai district, Uganda, from a historical point of view, offering a representation that takes into account the broader socioeconomic context of the epidemic. It deals with the local behavioural responses to HIV and AIDS, and the effect and aftermath of the first AIDS education campaign in the district in the late 1980s. At that time, a popular catchphrase - 'Balinsalamu embawo?'' (lit. Do they want to cut me up for timber?) - emerged among the youth and young adults, expressing criticism of the political and medical establishments and their attempts to govern the lives and intimate behaviour of individuals in the name of disease control. It is argued that the first AIDS education campaign undertaken by the Ugandan government was not entirely successful in Rakai, leading only to slight behavioural adjustments. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]