Mobility, sexual networks and exchange among bodabodamen in southwest Uganda

Nyanzi, S; Nyanzi, B; Kalina, B; Pool, R; (2004) Mobility, sexual networks and exchange among bodabodamen in southwest Uganda. Culture, health & sexuality, 6 (3). p. 239. ISSN 1369-1058 DOI:

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In order to examine the sexual behaviour of a highly mobile social-group, qualitative data and quantitative data were elicited from 212 private motorbike taxi-men, locally called bodabodemen, from two study sites in Masaka, Uganda. Selection criteria were availability and willingness to participate ill the study. Research techniques employed were a questionnaire, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and case studies. Findings indicate that bodabodamen are a highly mobile group who engage in frequent seasonal rural-urban migration. Consequent to this, bodabodamen have a wide network of both occasional and regular sexual partnerships. Both serial and concurrent multiple partnerships are with adults, youths, widows, students, sugar-mummies, barmaids, commercial sex workers, tailors. Exchange plays a significant role in sexual negotiations but the act of giving to a sexual partner is ambivalent in its social interpretation. Since bodabodamen have regular access to cash, they have higher bargaining power for sex. Implications for HIV/ AIDS prevention are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Hiv-1 infection, west uganda
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Web of Science ID: 221359200005


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