Gender, Poverty, and AIDS Risk

Charles B. Rwabukwali

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:
Gender, Poverty, and AIDS Risk

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This chapter contains case studies concerning the relationship between gender, poverty, and AIDS risk in rural Uganda. The findings reveal that poverty is not necessarily a risk factor for HIV, since some poor Ugandan women have found ways of reducing poverty and vulnerability, not by necessarily becoming sex workers. The results indicate that poverty as such does not create vulnerability to HIV infection, but rather it is a combination of poverty and other social, cultural, and structural factors that put women at increased risk of HIV infection.

Keywords: AIDS risk; gender; poverty; Uganda; women; sex workers; HIV infection

Chapter.  6986 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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