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HIV/AIDS, migration, and gender in sub-Saharan Africa

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  1. Victor Agadjanian

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm271

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Agadjanian, V. 2013. HIV/AIDS, migration, and gender in sub-Saharan Africa. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Sub-Saharan Africa is the region most affected by HIV/AIDS in the world, with the proportion of HIV-infected adults being particularly high in southern Africa. The subcontinent is also characterized by large volumes of both internal and international migration, especially of a temporary and circular nature. Not surprisingly, the HIV–migration nexus in sub-Saharan Africa has long attracted researchers's and policy-makers's attention and has generated considerable literature. A general assumption of that literature is that migrants are more likely than the general population to be both recipients and transmitters of any infection (Prothero 1977), but it has also been argued that “AIDS probably has a closer relationship to migration than any other infectious disease” (Caldwell et al. 1997: 51).

Keywords:

  • disease;
  • poverty;
  • regional development;
  • welfare;
  • sexuality