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Women and safer sex practices in slum areas: do women have a choice?


Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:1011 (abstract no. 60056). Unique Identifier :

OBJECTIVE: To find out whether HIV/STD Counselling empowers Women to practice safer sex, in Katanga slum--Kampala. METHOD: Aware that more women in Kampala slums are sero-positive. 413 women were randomly interviewed about their sex practices in Katanga slum. HIV/STD counseling was carried out. Their risky behaviour was assessed using HIV transmission score card. Convinced Convinced to start using safer sex, using condoms. They were each given 20 condoms, initially and told to pick more if they got finished. RESULTS: 40 women were already consistently using condoms so they were eliminated. After three months 38 out of 248 married women only were practicing safer sex using condoms. 100 out of 125 unmarried women were practicing safer sex using condoms. Majority of the married women said their husbands refused to use the condoms. LESSONS LEARNT: There is need to emphasis couple counselling in order to encourage safer sex practices using condoms. Women should also be empowered socio-economically to make them less submissive to their husbands.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Adult *Choice Behavior *Developing Countries Female Gender Identity Health Education Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice Male *Poverty Areas *Sex Behavior Sexually Transmitted Diseases/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION Spouses/EDUCATION Uganda


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