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Title:The making of vulnerabilities: understanding the differentiated effects of HIV and AIDS among street traders in Warwick Junction, Durban, South Africa
Authors:Chazan, MayISNI
Whiteside, AlanISNI
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research
Geographic term:South Africa
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External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/16085900709490411
Abstract:Between 2004 and 2006 research was carried out in Warwick Junction, Durban (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) to examine how the HIV/AIDS epidemic is affecting street traders, what makes them vulnerable to infection, and why. The findings show that street traders in Warwick Junction are among the most vulnerable to the HIV epidemic because of their geographical location (KwaZulu-Natal has the highest prevalence), livelihood insecurity, displacement from their families and lack of social protection. This may be reflected in higher levels of HIV infection, although there are no data on this. Traders are disadvantaged by the past and their insecurities accelerated by recent political, economic and demographic change. At the microlevel, vulnerabilities and their impact in Warwick Junction are differentiated by age and gender. It appears that it is the older women traders that bear the greatest responsibility: they care for the sick and orphaned while many are also the primary income earners in their families. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]