Framing HIV Prevention Discourse to Encompass the Complexities of War in Northern Uganda


Westerhaus, Michael J., Amy C. Finnegan, Yoti Zabulon, and Joia S. Mukherjee. 2007. “Framing HIV Prevention Discourse to Encompass the Complexities of War in Northern Uganda.” American Journal of Public Health 97 (7): 1184–86.

Authors: Michael J. Westerhaus, Amy C. Finnegan, Yoti Zabulon, Joia S. Mukherjee


In northern Uganda, physical and structural violence (political repression, economic inequality, and gender-based discrimination) increase vulnerability to HIV infection. In settings of war, traditional HIV prevention that solely promotes risk avoidance and risk reduction and assumes the existence of personal choice inadequately addresses the realities of HIV transmission.

The design of HIV prevention strategies in northern Uganda must recognize how HIV transmission occurs and the factors that put people at risk for infection. A human rights approach provides a viable model for achieving this aim.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Health, HIV/AIDS Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Uganda

Year: 2007

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