Original Articles

Challenging dominant norms of masculinity for HIV prevention

Published in: African Journal of AIDS Research
Volume 2, issue 2, 2003 , pages: 141–149
DOI: 10.2989/16085906.2003.9626568
Author(s): Catherine MacPhailReproductive Health Research Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, South Africa


Within South Africa there is a growing HIV epidemic, particularly among young heterosexual people. A recent report (NMF/HSRC, 2002) indicates that levels of HIV infection among young people aged 15–24 years are 9.3% although other studies in more specific locations have shown levels to be higher than this. One of the best means of developing successful and innovative HIV prevention programmes for young people is to enhance our understandings of youth sexuality and the manner in which dominant norms contribute to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

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