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Women and Power

Issues Surrounding HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy
  • Lorraine Sherr


HIV and AIDS in women has emerged differently from that in other groups. This is not surprising given the established roles of women and the complexities of gender issues within societal structures. What is surprising is the length of time it took to understand and acknowledge this and the fact that despite the fact that HIV infection was present and prevalent in women from the start of the epidemic, the study and focus for this group emerged late in the day and only after concerted political effort and attention. Nakajima and Rubin (1991) carried out a review of HIV related studies in three leading journals over a time period of six years. They identified studies exploring psychosocial ramifications of HIV on a total sample of just under two and a half thousand individuals, yet only 13 subjects (0.5%) mentioned in all these studies were women.


Pregnant Woman Vertical Transmission Post Test Counselling Early Childhood Mortality Risk Female 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorraine Sherr
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Primary Care and Population SciencesRoyal Free Hospital School of MedicineLondonUK

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