Men’s self-image puts them in danger of dying from AIDS, research shows

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Men’s self-image as strong, sexually active risk-takers means they are more likely to die from HIV/AIDS than are women, experts said on Wednesday, calling for more HIV workplace testing to reach men and greater efforts to change gender norms. Although six out of ten Africans with HIV are women, men are 25 percent more likely to die from the disease, according to research by the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies in South Africa, which has the world’s biggest AIDS epidemic. “A lot has been achieved in the AIDS response, but we will be more successful if we put greater emphasis on engaging men and boys,” Dean Peacock, founding director of South African advocacy group Sonke Gender Justice, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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