Gendered Responses to Living With AIDS

Ruth Kornfield and Stella Babalola

in AIDS, Culture, and Africa

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032535
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039305 | DOI:
Gendered Responses to Living With AIDS

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This chapter examines how HIV-positive men and women in Rwanda delay HIV testing and continue to practice unprotected sex long after their diagnoses. The findings reveal that some HIV-positive women continue to engage in sex work to bring in additional money when their husbands are not able to work, and after their husbands die. The result also indicates that some HIV-positive men continue to have sex with sex workers even after their diagnosis. The differences in responses among men and women to living with HIV/AIDS can also be explained by the interplay of imbalanced family, sexual, and friendship dynamics and unequal access to resources.

Keywords: HIV-positive persons; Rwanda; HIV testing; unprotected sex; sex workers; family; friendship

Chapter.  9406 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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