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Community narratives about women and HIV risk in 21 high-burden communities in Zambia and South Africa

dc.contributor.authorViljoen, Larioen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorNdubani, Rhodaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBond, Virginiaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSeeley, Janeten_ZA
dc.contributor.authorReynolds, Lindseyen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHoddinott, Graemeen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-14T06:46:21Z
dc.date.available2019-02-14T06:46:21Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationViljoen, L., et al. 2017. Community narratives about women and HIV risk in 21 high-burden communities in Zambia and South Africa. International Journal of Women’s Health, 9:861-870, doi:10.2147/IJWH.S143397
dc.identifier.issn1179-1411 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.2147/IJWH.S143397
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105410
dc.descriptionCITATION: Viljoen, L., et al. 2017. Community narratives about women and HIV risk in 21 high-burden communities in Zambia and South Africa. International Journal of Women’s Health, 9:861-870, doi:10.2147/IJWH.S143397.
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dc.description.abstractENGLISH ABSTRACT: Public health researchers repeatedly represent women as a group vulnerable to ill health. This has been particularly true in the field of HIV research, where women are disproportionately affected by HIV in terms of disease burden and the social effects of the epidemic. Although women have been the focus of many prevention and treatment programs, structural barriers to implementation of these targeted programs persist. In this article we explore how high HIV-burden communities in South Africa and Zambia engage with the concepts of “woman” and “HIV risk”. The data are drawn from participatory storytelling activities completed with 604 participants across 78 group discussions between December 2012 and May 2013. During discussions we found that participants made use of the core archetypal caricatures of “goodness,” “badness,” and “vulnerability” when describing women’s HIV risk. Community members shifted between these categories in their characterizations of women, as they acknowledged the multiple roles women play, internalized different stories about women, and sometimes shifted register in the same stories. Findings suggest that health implementers, in consultation with community members, should consider the multiple positions women occupy and how this impacts the wider community’s understandings of women and “risk”. This approach of taking on board community understandings of the complexity of HIV risk can inform the design and implementation of HIV prevention and care programs by rendering programs more focused and in-line with community needs.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://www.dovepress.com/community-narratives-about-women-and-hiv-risk-in-21-high-burden-commun-peer-reviewed-article-IJWH#
dc.format.extent10 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherDove Medical Pressen_ZA
dc.subjectHIV/AIDSen_ZA
dc.subjectHIV-positive womenen_ZA
dc.subjectWomen -- Vulnerability (Personality trait)en_ZA
dc.subjectCommunity beliefsen_ZA
dc.titleCommunity narratives about women and HIV risk in 21 high-burden communities in Zambia and South Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
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