Masculinity and HIV/AIDS

  • Graham Lindegger
  • Michael Quayle


In the early stages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, it was primarily men who were infected with HIV, but that trend has now reversed (WHO, 2003). In many countries the infection rates for young women are five times higher than young men (RHO Archives, 2005), and young women are generally infected at an earlier age than young men (Walsh cited in RHO Archives, 2005) (see Jewkes,  Chapter 3 of this volume). In South Africa, over 50% of new infections of HIV occur among the 15–24 years age group, with black women affected significantly more than other demographically defined groups (Health24, 2006). Further, more women are dying of HIV/AIDS than men (Matlin and Spence cited in RHO Archives, 2005). In South Africa, the mortality rate for young women in the 25–30 years age group has increased 350% over the past 10 years, almost exclusively as a result of AIDS-related deaths.


Multiple Sexual Partner Psychological Empowerment Hegemonic Masculinity Gender Violence Traditional Masculinity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham Lindegger
    • 1
  • Michael Quayle
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KwaZul-NatalNatalSouth Africa

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