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Sexperts! Disrupting injustice with digital community-led HIV prevention and legal rights education in Thailand

Chaiyajit, Nada and Walsh, Christopher S. (2012). Sexperts! Disrupting injustice with digital community-led HIV prevention and legal rights education in Thailand. Digital Culture & Education, 4(1) pp. 145–165.

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Abstract

In addition to growing epidemics of HIV among men that have sex with men (MSM) and transgenders in Thailand, a low awareness of how to access justice increases their vulnerability. This paper presents unique case studies of how two community-based and led organisations used social networking and instant messaging to address this problem. It describes and analyses how online peer-based HIV education and prevention was integrated with access to justice through free university-based clinical legal education (CLE). It argues that re-designing HIV prevention and education through digital technologies with marginalised gay men, other men that have sex with men (MSM) and transgenders is a sustainable community-based and led approach. Furthermore digital media offer strategic opportunities to overcome on-going political violence alongside entrenched stigma and discrimination that disrupt denial of access to justice for populations disproportionately at risk of HIV.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Digital Culture & Education
ISSN: 1836-8301
Keywords: clinical legal education (CLE); community research; HIV and AIDS; online peer outreach and prevention (OPOP); gay men; other men that have sex with men (MSM); mobile phones; social justice; transgender; Thailand
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Education
Item ID: 33451
Depositing User: Christopher Walsh
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 14:13
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 05:32
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33451
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