female HIV burden

Trading sex for security: Unemployment and the unequal HIV burden among young women in developing nations

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Kelly F Austin, Michelle M Choi, Virginia Berndt

Young women in their late teens and early twenties are especially susceptible to HIV infection in developing nations, as incidence of HIV is growing most rapidly among females aged 15–24 years. While prior research considers the role of various social and economic gender stratification measures to explain trends in the female HIV burden, the potential influence of unemployment has not yet been considered, nor has there been explicit focus on the empirical drivers of young women’s HIV.

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