Secret and Unprotected Sex: Adverse Health Conditions in Bangladesh

By Golam Sarwar Khan.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Unlike the westernized advanced societies, the dynamics of globalisation and dimensions of post-modernity have had limited impact upon the less developed country like Bangladesh. Given the extreme exploitative class relations, the capitalist rule in Bangladesh is more pronounced by the wave of poverty and socioeconomic backwardness. Despite political uprisings for more than half a century, the cultural stigma and religious overtones influence as well as sustain people’s life at large including secret and/or unprotected sex practices. The World Bank reports on health issues also indicate the adverse condition caused by the deepened laws of capitalist economy. Field observation and several research studies on health hazards in Bangladesh revealed the serious illness of HIV eventuated through prostitution, unprotected sex and natural calamities. Religio-cultural indictment as one of the major bases of dogmatic principles could hardly adhere to any progressive thinking along sex practices; instead people tended to hide their sexual activities which amounted to fatal health consequences. The secondary sources including written documents, research reports, archival sources, government excerpts, relevant case studies (done along the line) will be utilized in order to find out the evils of inappropriate sex unions and detrimental religious obligations.

Keywords: Class Relations, Cultural Stigma, Religious Indictment, Secret and Unprotected Sex

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.49-60. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 768.365KB).

Dr. Golam Sarwar Khan

Sessional Academic, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I was born in Bangladesh and educated in Bangladesh, India and Australia. I taught mainstream sociology subjects at the University of Dhaka and University of Chittagong in Bangladesh from1976-1995. During 1996-2008 I taught sociology and allied subjects at the Massey University in New Zealand, University of Newcastle, University of Sydney and University of Western Sydney in Australia. Also I taught health sociology and social policy at the Charles Sturt University in Australia. Currently I am teaching introductory sociology at the University of Sydney. During my long professional career spanning over 30 years, I have researched and published articles in peer-reviewed journals and also carried out several international research consultancies. My areas of research interest include health sociology, social policy, political economy of development and underdevelopment and qualitative research method.