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Title:Anthropology: a social science in the control of HIV transmission in Africa
Author:Nyamongo, Isaac K.ISNI
Year:1995
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Volume:2
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:45-58
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
Subjects:anthropological research
sexuality
AIDS
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Bibliography/Research
Anthropology and Archaeology
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
Disease transmission
Cultural factors
Traditional practices
circumcision
Polygyny
Social and cultural anthropology
AIDS (Disease)--Prevention
Abstract:Demographic data reveal that AIDS predominantly affects young and middle-aged people. Among the adult population of Africa, the largest group of infected people are between 16 and 29 years old. Sub-Saharan African countries should recognize the potential impact of HIV/AIDS on children and the larger population by increasing their efforts to reduce HIV transmission rates. Two of the most common cultural practices in sub-Saharan Africa which affect the transmission of HIV are circumcision and the laxity in sexual prohibitions following it, and polygyny. Anthropologists could contribute to the control of HIV transmission in Africa by investigating changing sexual relations and practices in a context of changing sociocultural conditions. Bibliogr.
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