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Gendering China's Strategy against HIV/AIDS: Findings from a Research Project in Guangdong Province


  • Lanyan Chen


This analysis explores the potential influence of gender inequalities on the sex ratio of HIV/AIDS infections in China. The sex ratio is characterized by faster increases in sexually transmitted infections among women and includes the spread of HIV/AIDS from men to women. This contribution combines the findings of a research project in Guangdong Province, conducted between 2001 and 2002, with a range of government and academic sources to examine gender differences in sexuality and HIV/AIDS-related attitudes and behaviors, the impact of contradictory policies on women, and demands for services and social support. The study suggests priority areas for policy-makers and argues that, while China's action against HIV/AIDS has achieved remarkable results, there is still a need for further action. This includes a need to harmonize policies; increase services and social support, especially through civil society organizations and peer-help groups; and encourage men's involvement in the protection of women's rights.

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  • Lanyan Chen, 2008. "Gendering China's Strategy against HIV/AIDS: Findings from a Research Project in Guangdong Province," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(4), pages 183-211.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:14:y:2008:i:4:p:183-211
    DOI: 10.1080/13545700802262956

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    China; HIV/AIDS; sexuality; gender inequality; JEL Codes: N; N4; N45;

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    • N4 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation
    • N45 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Asia including Middle East


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