Mozambique Health Official Calls for Research Into Culture to Understand Spread of HIV
October 29, 2008
Mozambique's Deputy Health Minister, Aida Libombo, recently said that more research into the cultural habits of Mozambicans is needed to determine how these factors contribute to the spread of HIV, AIM/AllAfrica.com reports. Speaking at the National Youth Meeting in the province of Sofala, Libombo said that young women ages 15 to 24 are most at risk of HIV in the country. She added that the risk factors for HIV among women in Mozambique are poverty, an inability to negotiate the use of condoms, early initiation of sexual activity and sexual abuse. In addition, widowhood can increase a woman's risk of HIV because of the cultural tradition of a widowed woman having sex with a male relative of her late husband, Libombo said, adding that risk factors for men include excessive alcohol and drug use.
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