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The organization of STI/HIV risk-taking among long-line fishermen in Bali, Indonesia

I Made Setiawan, Jane H Patten
International Maritime Health 2010;62(4):201-208.

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Vol 62, No 4 (2010)
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Published online: 2011-02-24
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

We report on selected findings of a qualitative social network study investigating STI/HIV-related risk among migrant fishermen based at one of Indonesia’s major fishing ports in Bali. Their activities between fishing trips include drinking parties, watching pornographic videos, and visiting brothels, while condom use is rare. While on board, they plan and anticipate these activities and many insert penile implants. These fishermen run a high personal risk of contracting STI/HIV, and, with their circular migration patterns among Indonesian and foreign ports such as Thailand and South Africa, and with visits back to their rural hometowns and wives or girlfriends in Java, there is a serious risk of disease transmission to the general population. This paper argues that the role that social interactions play in HIV/AIDS-related risks should be considered as important as (if not more important than) individual knowledge, attitudes, and practices in the design of effective STI/HIV prevention programs. (Int Marit Health 2010; 61; 4: 201-208)

Abstract

We report on selected findings of a qualitative social network study investigating STI/HIV-related risk among migrant fishermen based at one of Indonesia’s major fishing ports in Bali. Their activities between fishing trips include drinking parties, watching pornographic videos, and visiting brothels, while condom use is rare. While on board, they plan and anticipate these activities and many insert penile implants. These fishermen run a high personal risk of contracting STI/HIV, and, with their circular migration patterns among Indonesian and foreign ports such as Thailand and South Africa, and with visits back to their rural hometowns and wives or girlfriends in Java, there is a serious risk of disease transmission to the general population. This paper argues that the role that social interactions play in HIV/AIDS-related risks should be considered as important as (if not more important than) individual knowledge, attitudes, and practices in the design of effective STI/HIV prevention programs. (Int Marit Health 2010; 61; 4: 201-208)
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Keywords

HIV/AIDS; STI; fishermen; Indonesia; structural barrier; social networks

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The organization of STI/HIV risk-taking among long-line fishermen in Bali, Indonesia

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 62, No 4 (2010)

Article type

Original article

Pages

201-208

Published online

2011-02-24

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International Maritime Health 2010;62(4):201-208.

Keywords

HIV/AIDS
STI
fishermen
Indonesia
structural barrier
social networks

Authors

I Made Setiawan
Jane H Patten

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