Why More Girls are Diagnosed With AIDS Compared to Boys

by Savitha C Muppala on  November 27, 2008 at 1:20 PM AIDS/HIV News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Why More Girls are Diagnosed With AIDS Compared to Boys
Every minute five new AIDS diagnoses are made in the world, and close to half of them are young people between the ages of 15 to 24 years. Further, the ratio of the number of girls with AIDS is twice as much compared to boys.

Exposure of youngsters to sexual content and unprotected sex has been cited as key reasons for these escalating figures. Supporting this trend is the statistic of 82% teenage boys and 48% girls having access to pornographic content on a regular basis. Therefore, this should make more numbers of boys as victims of AIDS, but this is not the case. If unprotected sex were the reason, equal number of boys and girls should be affected by AIDS.

What does this mean? We need to scratch the surface to get at the actual reason why more girls are diagnosed with AIDS. Could it have something to do with the way girls are raised?

Many women are unable to say a firm 'no' to unprotected sex. Brought up in a patriarchal system and taught to revere men and submit to their wishes without a second thought, has perhaps landed many girls right in the jaws of death.

Double standard against women is a form of gender violence. Though youngsters must be taught about safe sex and the risks of AIDS, the crux of anti-AIDS initiatives must empower women to have a right over their own bodies. Rooting out double standards against women especially in sexual relationships may be the way to go to realize anti-AIDS objectives.

Source: Medindia
SAV/L

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Oral Health And AIDS AIDS/HIV AIDS/HIV - Epidemiology AIDS/HIV - Clinical Features AIDS/HIV - Health Education AIDS/HIV - Prevention And Transmission AIDS / HIV - Treatment AIDS/HIV- Lab Tests and Faqs AIDS - Initial Theories and Disease Progression AIDS/HIV - Worldwide distribution and Risk of Transmission 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement
Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

Advertisement

News Category

News Archive