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American Journal of Public Health Research. 2017, 5(6), 190-196
DOI: 10.12691/ajphr-5-6-5
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HIV Positive Women in Bangladesh: Lived Experiences, Vulnerabilities and Sexual Health Knowledge

Sifat E Sultana1,

1Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Pub. Date: December 29, 2017

Cite this paper:
Sifat E Sultana. HIV Positive Women in Bangladesh: Lived Experiences, Vulnerabilities and Sexual Health Knowledge. American Journal of Public Health Research. 2017; 5(6):190-196. doi: 10.12691/ajphr-5-6-5

Abstract

Though HIV prevalence has taken downward stream around the world, a gradual rise of HIV status has been detected among the women in Bangladesh. Women in Bangladesh usually face various challenges due to lack of unequal power relation and poor negotiable capacity with their counterparts during sex. This study intended to explore and document the psychological, social and sexual challenges faced by the women living with HIV/AIDS (WLWHAs) in the context of Bangladesh and to identify the gaps in their HIV/AIDS related knowledge. A qualitative research approach including in-depth interview and case study has been applied to understand the nature of prevalent challenges. Interviews were conducted at Ashar Alo Society, a renowned NGO which works with people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs). Findings include women’s powerlessness for negotiation and lack of knowledge about the spread of HIV infection such as how to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Lack of accessibility and availability of HIV information and its prevention aggravate their situations and make their lives more challenging, vulnerable and complicated. Further research related to counterparts’ beliefs and perception on women’s sexual autonomy, nature of stigma and discrimination among women have been recommended. Finally, a meaningful engagement and participation of women in policy making has been proposed for assuaging the agonies of women in the long run.

Keywords:
HIV women stigma and discrimination vulnerabilities sexual health knowledge Bangladesh

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