The high risk of HIV infection among the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa

Monica A. Magadi AIDS and Behavior, 2013; Vol. 17, issue 5 Download publication (open access)

Although evidence from some countries shows that wealthier men and women have a higher prevalence of HIV, this paper pays particular attention to urban livelihoods.

It reveals that the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa are at a greater risk of HIV infection than the urban non-poor. The study found that there is also a disproportionately higher risk among urban poor women. The impact of urban poverty on maternal and child health that has been well documented in other studies also applies to the risk of HIV infection. The paper argues that the positive association between household wealth and HIV prevalence observed in previous studies largely reflects the situation in rural areas.

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