Publication Date

2006

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

Kanthie Athokorala

Abstract

In Sri Lanka, youth as well as adults, have unsafe sex because of their lack of knowledge and awareness of safe sex practices. Recently, the need to increase their knowledge and awareness about safe sex practices and sexually transmitted diseases has become a social issue. It is not culturally accepted in Sri Lanka for the younger generation to discuss sexual activities with their parents or adults. Often, their elders are strict and ashamed to talk about sex. According to the Sri Lankan culture, it is not appropriate for young, unmarried adults to gain experience in sexual activities before their marriage. Because of these social constraints, most of them are going to commercial sex workers or are engaging in sexual activities with their peers behind closed doors.

This research focuses on commercial and conventional sex practices in a community and in a specific target group. The community is Brahmanawatta village in the Southern part of Sri Lanka and the target group consists of commercial sex workers—members of three NGOs—living in the Colombo and Galle Districts in Sri Lanka. In this capstone, I present the information and facts that I found in my primary inquiry and the reasons these people are having unsafe sex.

Disciplines

Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

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