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

  • Lanyan Chen
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    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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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 183-211

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