Gender, Vulnerability and Sufferings of HIV Infected Women: A Case from Bangladesh

By Naznine Anwar.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Literature shows that women are more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV infection than men in both developed and developing countries due to their physiological difference (Carael, Marais, Polsky, & Mendoza, 2009) and vulnerable position in society (Anwar & Khan, 2010; Ehrhardt, Sawires, McGovern, Peacock, & Weston, 2009). This paper attempts to focus on the vulnerability of women to HIV/AIDS and sufferings after being infected. A case of a HIV infected woman from Bangladesh was presented in this paper. The findings revealed that limited information about reproduction and sex, cultural perception and practices, less power in a relationship, and low income increase women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. This paper highlights that women’s general sufferings are more intense than men in a hyper-patriarchal society.

Keywords: Feminist Theory, Gender, HIV/AIDS Infection, Vulnerability, Women

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 9, pp.71-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 811.079KB).

Naznine Anwar

MPH Graduate, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Attaining a post graduate degree in Psychology from department of Psychology, University of Dhaka, Naznine Anwar worked for five and a half years in the field of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. She started her career as a HIV Counselor and in a span of couple of years worked as a Counseling Supervisor in USAID Funded HIV Positive Care and Support Health Program, and she spearheaded urban HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for vulnerable populations. She also worked as a Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Center and Counseling Coordinator at CARE-Bangladesh. As a Research Officer under the Public Health Science Division of ICDDRB, she worked for developing the research protocol for STI partner notification study. Prior to attending the Master of Public Health program at James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University in Bangladesh, she was working as a Technical Officer (VCT) for Family Health International and responsible for planning, coordinating, facilitating, supervising, managing, monitoring and evaluating the VCT program among the vulnerable population through the nationwide local development organizations under the Bangladesh AIDS Program.


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