Can a human rights framework improve biomedical and social scientific HIV/AIDS research for African women?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In most countries in Africa, the epidemiologic profile of HIV/AIDS is significantly different from that of the USA or Europe. Women in Africa are as likely to be HIV positive as men, while young women are significantly more likely to be HIV positive than young men. How can health research in Africa be made more responsive and relevant to women's health needs? And how would a human rights perspective change the conduct of biomedical and social scientific research on gender and HIV/ AIDS in Africa? The application of a human rights framework to HIV/AIDS typically has focused on social justice issues employing national and international legal structures to legislate and advocate for HIV positive persons. This essay, however, offers some broad considerations of the links between the health of African women, biomedical and social scientific research, HIV/AIDS, research ethics, and the human rights movement. © 2006 Springer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stewart, KA

Published Date

  • December 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 130 - 136

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1874-6306

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-8879

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12142-006-1034-3

Citation Source

  • Scopus