AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 396–403

Micro-credit, Women’s Groups, Control of Own Money: HIV-Related Negotiation Among Partnered Dominican Women

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-007-9263-2

Cite this article as:
Ashburn, K., Kerrigan, D. & Sweat, M. AIDS Behav (2008) 12: 396. doi:10.1007/s10461-007-9263-2


A sample of 356 members of women’s groups, aged 18–49, in the Dominican Republic were interviewed by trained female interviewers. Data among 273 partnered women were analyzed. The dependent variable, a measure of HIV-related negotiation, was examined for associations with control of own money, level of women’s group participation, and ever having received a loan through a micro-credit program. Findings suggest control of own money to be significantly associated with HIV-related negotiation. Ever having received a loan and level of women’s group participation, however, were not significantly associated with HIV-related negotiation. Empowerment measured as control of own money may influence HIV protective behavior among partnered women in this setting.


HIV prevention Micro-credit Group participation Empowerment Dominican Republic 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Center for Research on WomenWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of International HealthJohns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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