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Smyth, Fiona (1998) Cultural constraints on the delivery of HIV/AIDS prevention in Ireland. Social Science & Medicine , 46 , (6) , pp. 661-672.

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HIV first occured in Ireland following the opiate epidemic of the early 1980s. Initially, only the gay community mounted a response to the spread of the virus. The implementation of early actions by the government was hampered by the constructions of the disease within Irish society. This paper considers the influence of the religious hierarchy in Ireland in terms of the development of AIDS policy and the shaping of public perceptions of the disease and those affected. A qualitative methodology is used to examine the role of such cultural constraints in an evaluation of the social context within which the prevention of HIV infection occurs. Three key issues pertinent to the policy context in Ireland are explored in depth. These are the role of the Catholic Church, the influences on health education programmes, particularly information giving, and the development of services and other interventions. These findings are discussed within the social and political contexts in which health policy is formulated.


Item Type:Article
Date:1998
Page Range:pp. 661-672
Publisher:Elsevier Science
Volume:46
Number:6
Keywords:acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, AOD prevention, HIV infection, HIV prevention, Ireland, opiates, Roman Catholic
Notes:Reprinted from SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, Vol 46, No 6, 1998, pp 661-672, Smyth, 'Cultural constraints on the delivery of HIV/AIDS prevention in Ireland', with permission from Elsevier (Periodical Article)
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > HIV prevention
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Type of society and culture

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