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Emily Margaretten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039607

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039607.001.0001

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Love, Betrayal, and Sexual Intimacy

Love, Betrayal, and Sexual Intimacy

(p.63) 3 Love, Betrayal, and Sexual Intimacy
Street Life under a Roof

Emily Margaretten

University of Illinois Press

This chapter considers why the Point Place females, who are aware of how HIV/AIDS is transmitted, agree to unprotected intercourse. Certainly, material circumstances impinge on their capacity to negotiate condom use, yet this does not fully account for why the Point Place females use condoms with boyfriends who reside outside the building but not with those who reside within the building. Their construction of “outside” and “inside” boyfriends is connected to notions of trust and, more specifically, to acts of nakana—which in isiZulu means “to care about or take notice of one another.” This in turn opens them up to the risks of sexually transmitted infections, which they view as acceptable when compared to the perils of being unloved or forsaken on the streets.

Keywords:   Point Place females, HIV, AIDS, sexually transmitted infection, condom use, unprotected intercourse, nakana

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