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'Aqui viene una Veneca mas': Venezuelan migrants and 'the sexual question' in Peru

Irons, Rebecca; (2022) 'Aqui viene una Veneca mas': Venezuelan migrants and 'the sexual question' in Peru. Anthropology and Medicine 10.1080/13648470.2022.2046700. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Migrant access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services has been highlighted as an urgent priority for the 800,000+ Venezuelans who have arrived in Peru in recent years due to political and economic crisis. Venezuelan migrants in Peru, however, negotiate their access to SRH services in what anthropologists term a 'geography of blame', and are accused and stigmatised for having imported sexually transmitted infections to the local population. Alongside this blame, female migrants are highly sexualised and face stigma, resulting in real and perceived threats to their safety, wellbeing, and integration. By juxtaposing ethnographic research and 50 interviews conducted with female migrants living in Lima, their Limeño neighbours, and with local NGOs, the paper argues how stigma is itself a neglected public health issue. Addressing SRH needs for Venezuelan migrants is not only a question of rolling out health campaigns or providing pills, but that underlying social issues such as sexualisation and stigma need to also be recognised and incorporated into policy.

Type: Article
Title: 'Aqui viene una Veneca mas': Venezuelan migrants and 'the sexual question' in Peru
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2022.2046700
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13648470.2022.2046700
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Migration; sexual and reproductive health; HIV; Venezuela; Peru; stigma
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10151016
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