The focus of this paper is the cultural tabu, or taboo, in Fiji that prevents the open discussion of sex and therefore complicates education efforts towards HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Specific factors perpetuate the tabu including using it as an excuse to simply ignore a complex issue such as HIV/AIDS and using it to keep sex off social agendas in a predominantly Christian nation. Where organizations have taken strides to work with or break the tabu, the author examines and analyzes various education strategies employed by a variety of sectors including schools, health care facilities, faith-based organizations, the HIV positive community, non-government and government organizations. The most effective educational strategies involve peer education and influencing prominent social leaders to speak about sex and make it less of a tabu subject.
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health Education and Promotion
Butts, Amanda, "Working with the Tabu: HIV/AIDS Education Strategies in Fiji" (2006). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 347.