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Title:The symbolic formation and uses of media messages on sex work, HIV and AIDS in Ijora-Badia, Lagos State
Author:Akinade, Helen Olubunmi JayeolaISNI
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture (ISSN 1597-2755)
Geographic term:Nigeria
information dissemination
mass media
Abstract:This paper presents an ethnographic account of commercial sex work in one of Lagos's (Nigeria) most notorious commercial sex underworlds: Ijora-Badia. The paper focuses on teenage commercial sex workers (CSWs) and their interactions with symbolic formations of media messages such as flyers, posters and various radio and TV advertisements with messages like 'AIDS is real', 'use condoms', etc., aimed at informing CSWs about HIV and AIDS. Does the ubiquitous presence of these messages actually indicate the level of awareness of the disease among the sex workers? Does it reveal their attitudes to the disease? Or can it serve as a measure of their knowledge about, and attitude toward, the disease? Do those who formulate these messages actually have sufficient understanding of the dynamics of sex work? These are questions addressed in the paper. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]