Gender and health inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of HIV

Amina Abubakar, Patricia Kitsao-Wekulo

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Women in Africa are at a relatively higher risk of being infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) compared to men. The current chapter aims at discussing factors that may contribute to this elevated risk. We first outline the biological (e.g. physiological and hormonal), sociocultural practices and norms and economic factors that place females at a disadvantage. We then review some of the interventions that have been found to be or are currently being tested as being ‘gender sensitive’, and have the potential of significantly reducing risk levels among females. Interventions discussed herein include biomedical, socioeconomic, behavioural and social protection measures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology of Gender Through the Lens of Culture
Subtitle of host publicationTheories and Applications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319140056
ISBN (Print)9783319140049
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomedical intervention
  • HIV
  • Sociocultural factors
  • Sub-Saharan Africa


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