Prevention for those who have freedom of choice -- or among the choice-disabled: confronting equity in the AIDS epidemic

Andersson, Neil
January 2006
AIDS Research & Therapy;2006, Vol. 3, p23
Academic Journal
With the exception of post-exposure prophylaxis for reported rape, no preventive strategy addresses the choice disabled — those who might like to benefit from AIDS prevention but who are unable to do so because they do not have the power to make and to act on prevention decisions. In southern African countries, where one in every three has been forced to have sex by the age of 18 years, a very large proportion of the population is choice disabled. This group is at higher risk of HIV infection and unable to respond to AIDS prevention programmes; they represent a reservoir of infection. Reduction of sexual violence would probably decrease HIV transmission directly, but also indirectly as more people can respond to existing AIDS prevention programmes.


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