International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

“HIV/AIDS and Women in Africa”

Using data from the Demographic Health Survey, this study examines the question of whether and why there are gender differences in the HIV/AIDS related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices in sub-Saharan Africa. Females differ from men in significant ways in terms of their HIV/AIDS related beliefs, attitudes, and practices. These differences can be understood within the social and cultural contexts in which these females live. A gender-based response to HIV/AIDS that focuses on how different social expectations, roles, status and economic power of men and women affect and are affected by the epidemic is needed to ensure a meaningful campaign against the spread of AIDS.

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