RT Journal DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 362010438 LA EN T1 Hidden Love: Sexual ideologies and relationship ideals among rural South African adolescents in the context of HIV/AIDS A1 Harrison, Abigail, PB Taylor & Francis YR 2008 SN 1369-1058 JF Culture, Health &; Sexuality VO 10 IS 2 SP 175 OP 189 AB In KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa, the social construction of young people's sexuality reflects both a complex historical process of cultural and religious integration, as well as the contemporary resurgence of 'traditionalism'. How do young people interpret these factors to construct and give meaning to their own sexualities? This multi-method qualitative study examined sexuality and relationship formation among sexually experienced young people aged 14-19 in a rural sub-district. In this setting, sexual activity is highly stigmatised, particularly for young teenage women. Dominant sexual ideologies centre on 'good behaviour', the idea that 'sex is wrong', and abstinence as a preferred prevention strategy. Young women's relationships are often hidden but sexual relationships are also an important part of the transition to adulthood. These dichotomies of love and romance versus stigma and secrecy frame young people's discourse about sexuality. A discourse about healthy sexuality is largely absent, impeding the prevention of HIV in this setting.