n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Cultural practices on sexual health communication among rural women in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


There is increasing evidence that gender inequality is fueling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa. Social norms and cultural values set within patriarchal systems heighten women's vulnerabilities as they encourage silence around issues of sex and sexuality depriving them of the ability to say no to risky sexual practices. The study explored and described the cultural practices influencing communication relating to sexual health among rural women in Thulamela B municipality in Vhembe district of Limpopo Province. A qualitative, explorative, descriptive and contextual research approach was used. A purposive convenience sampling method was used to select twenty five participants, who participated in focus group discussions. Data gathered from participants were analysed using Tesch's eight steps of open coding techniques. The results indicated that many women fail to communicate their sexual needs in sexual relations. In addition, the nature of their sexual relationship with their partners affect their sexual decision making; and above all, emotional and financial dependence presented significant obstacles to sexual communication. This study recommended that educational and outreach efforts should focus on motivating change in mindset, by encouraging response to the socio-cultural factors that apply to men and women regarding the dynamics in sexual communication.

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