Gender Perspectives of Sexual and Reproductive Practices of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Enugu, South East Nigeria

*Iyoke CA MB; BS, FWACP, MPH **Onyedum CC MB; BS, FWACP, FACP Ifeadike CO MB; BS, FMCPH Chukwuka CJ MB; BS, FWACP, FACP Nnebue CC MB; BS, MWACP, MMCPH

Available online Jul 14, 2018.

[ Original ] Volume 19, Issue 4, 2010, Pages 391-394


Abstract

Background: a major focus of attention in the efforts at
controlling the spread of HIV infection has become the
role of gender inequality.1, 2 The objective of the study was
to compare the sexual practices of HIV-positive male and
female patients who received counselling and treatment
at an Anti-retroviral Clinic in Enugu, South-East Nigeria.
Method: A comparative cross-sectional descriptive
study of patients attending the free anti-retroviral clinic at
the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu was
done.
Results: A total of 146 males (30.8%) and 328 females
(61.9%) were studied. Although there was no significant
difference in the prevalence of sexual activity between the
sexes, the reasons for sexual practices differed. Females
indulged in risky sexual activity principally in obedience to
the demands of their male partners and were more likely
to have sexual partners who were unaware of their seropositivity
than males.
Conclusion: Risky sexual behaviour among women
living with HIV/AIDS in Enugu despite exposure to
intensive counselling was still mainly driven by the
subordinate traditional gender roles of women in this
culture.


Keywords

Perspectives, gender, sexual/reproductive,

October - December 2010

Volume 19 | Issue 4

Page Nos. 391-394

Online since Jul 13, 2018

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