ISBN 9789994455386
Pages 164
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Published 2010
Publisher OSSREA, Ethiopia
Format Paperback

Cultural Determinants of Adoption of HIV/AIDS Prevention Measures and Strategies Among Girls and Women in Western Kenya

by Constance Rose Ambasa-Shisanya

This study examines the role of culture in the adoption of measures and strategies for the prevention of HIV/ AIDS among girls and women in Western Kenya. It focuses on levels of awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention measures and patterns of adoption of five the measures that are currently being promoted in Kenya: the use of condoms; screening for HIV at Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) Centres; prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT); the use of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP); and the prompt treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This research is focused on examining the cultural context of HIV/AIDS research and programmes in Western Kenya and aims to reveal how limited has been the critical analysis of culture as a determinant of adoption of these measures despite the stated prioritization of culture as a key factor to consider.

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About the Author

Constance Rose Ambasa-Shisanya

Dr. Constance Rose Ambasa-Shisanya is a former Lecturer on African Studies at the Philosophy & Religious Studies Department of Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a PhD in Religion from Kenyatta University and has conducted extensive research on issues related to gender, religion, culture and health, with a special focus on HIV and AIDS in selected communities in Kenya. Dr Ambasa-Shisanya is currently a Research Associate at the Nairobi office of Family Health International.

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