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Knowledge of HIV and AIDS in women in sub-Saharan Africa

Burgoyne, A.D. and Drummond, P.D.ORCID: 0000-0002-3711-8737 (2008) Knowledge of HIV and AIDS in women in sub-Saharan Africa. African Journal of Reproductive Health, 12 (2). pp. 14-31.

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Although most African people have heard of HIV and AIDS, there is still widespread misunderstanding about how HIV is spread, the consequences of infection, and how to protect against infection. The most vulnerable groups are poorly educated women, those from rural backgrounds, and women who are economically dependent on men. Lower levels of education, taboos associated with the discussion of sexuality and sexual health, the submissive role of women in a relationship, and male control of decision-making regarding sexual relations might explain why African women are less knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS than men. Although most African men and women are aware of the protective benefits of condoms, negative attitudes towards the acceptability and safety of condom use are widespread. More sexual health campaigns tailored to women, especially those with low education levels and those from rural areas, are needed to reduce the spread of HIV in Africa.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Bioline International
Copyright: Women's Health and Action Research Centre
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