Poverty and HIV and AIDS

  • Olive Shisana
  • Nompumelelo Zungu
  • Sinawe Pezi


In recent years there has been an increased interest to study and understand poverty and how it impacts on disease and epidemics (Boucekkine and Laffargue, 2007). In particular, the focus has been to understand the relationship between poverty and HIV/AIDS, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV prevalence is high and consequences are also harsh on already vulnerable communities (Cohen, 1998). The worsening economic situation is likely to continue to impact negatively on health and development, especially in countries that are already severely affected by HIV and AIDS. In the context of this background, it is important to review the link between HIV and AIDS and poverty in order to further understand the relationship between the two.


Food Insecurity Risky Sexual Behaviour Informal Settlement Disability Grant Human Science Research Council 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olive Shisana
    • 1
  • Nompumelelo Zungu
    • 1
  • Sinawe Pezi
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Sciences Research CouncilDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

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