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Microfinance and HIV/AIDS prevention: assessing its promise and limitations.

TitleMicrofinance and HIV/AIDS prevention: assessing its promise and limitations.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsDworkin, Shari L., and Kim Blankenship
JournalAIDS and behavior
Date Published2009 Jun
KeywordsCommerce, Female, Health Promotion, HIV Infections, Humans, Poverty, Power (Psychology), Risk Reduction Behavior, Socioeconomic Factors, Women's Rights
AbstractResearchers increasingly argue that poverty and gender inequality exacerbate the spread of HIV/AIDS and that economic empowerment can therefore assist in the prevention and mitigation of the disease, particularly for women. This paper critically evaluates such claims. First, we examine the promises and limits of integrated HIV/AIDS prevention and microfinance programs by examining the available evidence base. We then propose future research agendas and next steps that may help to clear current ambiguities about the potential for economic programs to contribute to HIV/AIDS risk reduction efforts.
Alternate JournalAIDS Behav

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