Co-occurring psychosocial problems and HIV risk among women attending drinking venues in a South African township: a syndemic approach.

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Journal Article

In South Africa, women comprise the majority of HIV infections. Syndemics, or co-occurring epidemics and risk factors, have been applied in understanding HIV risk among marginalized groups.The purposes of this study are to apply the syndemic framework to examine psychosocial problems that co-occur among women attending drinking venues in South Africa and to test how the co-occurrence of these problems may exacerbate risk for HIV infection.Five hundred sixty women from a Cape Town township provided data on multiple psychosocial problems, including food insufficiency, depression, abuse experiences, problem drinking, and sexual behaviors.Bivariate associations among the syndemic factors showed a high degree of co-occurrence and regression analyses showed an additive effect of psychosocial problems on HIV risk behaviors.These results demonstrate the utility of a syndemic framework to understand co-occurring psychosocial problems among women in South Africa. HIV prevention interventions should consider the compounding effects of psychosocial problems among women.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pitpitan, EV; Kalichman, SC; Eaton, LA; Cain, D; Sikkema, KJ; Watt, MH; Skinner, D; Pieterse, D

Published Date

  • April 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 153 - 162

PubMed ID

  • 23054944

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23054944

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-4796

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0883-6612

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12160-012-9420-3

Language

  • eng