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When ideal and real culture clash - trust, infidelity and condom use

L Ackermann
Curationis | Vol 26, No 2 | a780 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v26i2.780 | © 2003 L Ackermann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2003 | Published: 27 September 2003

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L Ackermann,, South Africa

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With high rates of HIV transmission in South Africa, the correct and consistent use of condoms has become critically important. The findings reported in this article form part of a larger study that investigated the vulnerability of women to HIV infection. This article concentrates on one dimension of the study: how a clash between real and ideal culture negatively impacts upon condom use. This study, conducted in Bloemfontein, revealed that an ideal culture of trust, resulted in non condom use. On the other hand, this study also revealed that despite the emphasis on an ideal culture of trust, a real culture of infidelity exists. This places individuals at risk of contracting HIV, as condom use is guided by ideal rather than real culture.


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