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HIV/AIDS and the Context of Polygyny and Other Marital and Sexual Unions In Africa

Teresa Swezey and Michele Teitelbaum

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032535.003.0012
HIV/AIDS and the Context of Polygyny and Other Marital and Sexual Unions In Africa

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This chapter examines the implications of polygyny and other marital and sexual unions for HIV/AIDS risk assessment and interventions in Africa. It discusses the changing family structure in Uganda and decision making for care seeking and resource use within families with AIDS. It provides arguments against the implementation of the Abstinence, Be Faithful, and condom (ABc) campaign and highlights the needs for a more fluid and realistic view of marriage and sexual unions, one that is not prescriptive and that acknowledges many challenges for AIDS prevention.

Keywords: polygyny; marital unions; sexual unions; HIV/AIDS prevention; Africa; ABc campaign

Chapter.  7695 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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