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PLA Notes 37 February 2000 16 Introducing participatory methods to HIV prevention workers in the Southwest United States

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Document begins: PLA Notes 37 February 2000 16 Introducing participatory methods to HIV prevention workers in the Southwest United States Kim Batchelor ! Introduction use of this method. In one site, when participants were asked to divide into gender- specific groups, one transgendered person, In recent years, the demographics of the HIV born biologically male but living as a female, epidemic in the United States have changed. did not know in which group she should What was once a disease that largely affected participate. She was given the option to white gay men now disproportionately affects choose and chose to participate with the the poor, people of colour, the young, and females, mapping the male body. This women. Sexually transmitted diseases have situation illustrates how important it is to historically had most impact on these same consider transgendered/transsexual individuals populations. Because of this, and the fact that when doing gender-specific exercises and prevention efforts have often centred around groupings. knowledge-sharing alone, participatory learning and action (PLA) methodologies offer Participants in Dallas mapped erogenous an opportunity to make HIV prevention a more zones; those in New Mexico mapped organs innovative, effective, and collaborative effort. associated with the birth process and those ...

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