“People’s Etiology”: Sexual Disease Treatment by Canvasser

K. M. Mahmudul Haque


This writing provides valuable information on sexual disease and its treatment. This qualitative study design allowed the researcher to gain insight into the lives of men that have been affected by the sexual disease. Here methods of data collection were thorough and methodical through the interview with unstructured and open-ended questions and observation and analyzed the data using grounded theory was an arduous task but worthwhile. This study influenced researcher to think about identity in the field; at the same time, it influenced him to think about the limitations of street research on a sensitive issue. The study was justified by the knowledge how people react to sexual disease and the problems they experience as a consequence of sexual disease, or it's treatment. Knowing about the people's perception about the sexual disease and treatment, clients and canvassers' narratives on male sexual health was another important part of this study; and also to know about canvassers' perspectives. Own cultural beliefs affect people when it comes to surmounting diseases and receive proper medical help. In Bangladesh, we see that people not only in rural areas but also in urban areas have a different perception of sexual disease. People treat their disease by the canvasser from a street, not from a well-furnished hospital. However, the question is that why people use traditional treatment by a CANVASSER (non-professional doctor)? A historical study could show us more dimension of the treatment process of canvassers in Bangladesh. It also gives us an idea what people think about own sexuality and how they relate this thinking in their everyday life. The researcher hopes this study will help us to know about street canvassers' and their clients' knowledge/ideas on the sexual disease and sexuality. It will also contribute to consider about further study in this area.


Biomedicine; Canvasser; Client; Etiology; Folk Medicine; Sexual Disease.

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