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Douglas A. Feldman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032535

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032535.001.0001

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Gender, Poverty, and AIDS Risk

Gender, Poverty, and AIDS Risk

Case Studies from Rural Uganda

(p.239) 13 Gender, Poverty, and AIDS Risk
AIDS, Culture, and Africa

Charles B. Rwabukwali

University Press of Florida

This chapter contains case studies concerning the relationship between gender, poverty, and AIDS risk in rural Uganda. The findings reveal that poverty is not necessarily a risk factor for HIV, since some poor Ugandan women have found ways of reducing poverty and vulnerability, not by necessarily becoming sex workers. The results indicate that poverty as such does not create vulnerability to HIV infection, but rather it is a combination of poverty and other social, cultural, and structural factors that put women at increased risk of HIV infection.

Keywords:   AIDS risk, gender, poverty, Uganda, women, sex workers, HIV infection

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