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Gendered Epidemiology: Sexual Equality and the Prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Laurens Niëns
  • David Lowery

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Given that HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa is largely spread through heterosexual contact, there is marked variation in levels of gender equity across sub-Saharan African countries, and levels of gender equity are likely to influence both exposure to sexual practices that increase the likelihood of exposure to HIV and the efficacy of prevention programs, we hypothesize that levels of gender equity account for the levels of and changes in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS across sub-Saharan African countries. Copyright (c) 2009 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Laurens Niëns & David Lowery, 2009. "Gendered Epidemiology: Sexual Equality and the Prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 90(5), pages 1134-1144.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:90:y:2009:i:5:p:1134-1144
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