HIV prevention for young women of Uganda must now address poverty and gender inequalities

Rebecca Nicholas (Intercalated BSc in International Health, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)

Journal of Health Organization and Management

ISSN: 1477-7266

Publication date: 7 September 2010

Abstract

Purpose

This study seeks to explore the perspectives of young women in Uganda with the aim of better informing re HIV prevention.

Design/methodology/approach

Group discussions and interviews were used to explore issues relating to HIV prevention. An inductive content analysis identified emerging themes and patterns in the participants' conversations.

Findings

The study revealed that, although young women were informed and motivated to prevent HIV, poverty and inequality were significant barriers, limiting their power to protect themselves.

Originality/value

The research adds evidence to the current argument that failure to address the disempowering effects of poverty and gender inequality limits the effectiveness of current HIV prevention for young women. HIV prevention must now address poverty and gender vulnerabilities, promoting a protective environment, rather than focusing on influencing individual sexual behaviour.

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Citation

Nicholas, R. (2010), "HIV prevention for young women of Uganda must now address poverty and gender inequalities", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 24 No. 5, pp. 491-497. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777261011070501

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2010, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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