HIV/AIDS, Religion and Spirituality

  • Yoesrie Toefy


Two-and-a-half decades into the epidemic, AIDS continues to exact a significant toll on southern Africa. Studies have pointed to a host of local factors, such as the co-morbidity of the AIDS virus with sexually transmitted infections or tuberculosis (Nelson and Lipman, 2006); prevalent pre- and extra-marital sexual behaviour (Brockerhoff et al., 1996); socio-economic factors such as poverty, circumcision, the cultural position of women, poor social health services and migratory pressures (Caldwell, 2000; Susser and Stein, 2000); and civil unrests and conflicts (Mills et al., 2006), as important determinants of the causes and course of the epidemic in the region. Researchers have, however, neglected religion and its effects on AIDS-related behaviour in Africa.


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  • Yoesrie Toefy
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  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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