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Migratory Paths, Experiences of HIV/AIDS, and Sexuality: African Women Living withHIV/AIDS in France


  • Dolores Pourette


The AIDS epidemic in Europe includes a growing number of women who have emigrated from sub-Saharan Africa. This contribution presents the results of a qualitative anthropological study on African women living with HIV/AIDS in France. It shows how their migratory paths - including the reasons for their migration and their social and administrative situation in the country - can have varying influences on how the disease is experienced in the context of migration. Married women who have established long-term residence in France experience HIV/AIDS as essentially a conjugal issue that can reinforce unequal relations between partners. For women who discovered they were HIV positive shortly after arriving in France, HIV/AIDS leads to social isolation, altered migratory plans, and greater vulnerability. For those who migrated to access medical treatment, the virus is the driving force behind the migratory strategies and a new socialization in France built around HIV/AIDS.

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  • Dolores Pourette, 2008. "Migratory Paths, Experiences of HIV/AIDS, and Sexuality: African Women Living withHIV/AIDS in France," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(4), pages 149-181.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:14:y:2008:i:4:p:149-181
    DOI: 10.1080/13545700802262949

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    Migration; HIV/AIDS; African women; gender; sexuality; JEL Codes: I1; I18;

    JEL classification:

    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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