HIV/AIDS – A Challenge for Women in Bangladesh

 

 

 

 

Mr. Anirudha Alam was born in Rangpur ( not Gaibandha) in Bangladesh, 30 September 1972. His father was a famous social worker Mr. Abu Alam. Mr. Anirudha Alam has written many articles, essays, biographies, novels, stories, poems, rhymes etc. which has been published in the most prominent national and international newspapers. He has written about fifty books in several social issue of Bangladesh, his some famous books are Tomader Janeya Bangla Banan, Robot Omnibus, Akash Kusum, Pinpray, Orion. He was awarded by Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation for his best research feature of HIV/AIDS on 2006. This research feature is “Gender Awareness, Stepping Stone to HIV Prevention”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women and girls are disproportionately infected with HIV/AIDS for biological, social and economic reasons. In 1985, only seven percent of AIDS cases were women; now the proportion is over 47 percent, in sub-Saharan Africa this figure rises to 55%. AIDS is the leading cause of death in women between ages 25 and 44 in the world. Poor women and girls have less access to information and education and are therefore less able to make an informed response to the disease. They face immediate income needs and consequently some are forced to resort to offering sex in order to pay for schooling and families. These factors, compounded by cultural norms, such as polygamy, increase the threat of HIV/AIDS to women.

There are many worst affected regions in Sub-Saharan Africa, HIV prevalence among girls aged 15 to 19 is four to seven times higher than among boys their age, a disparity linked to widespread sexual abuse, coercion, gender discrimination, and impoverishment. In sub-Saharan Africa, women and girls account for more than half; 55% of those living with HIV/AIDS, and infection rates are rising rapidly among teenage women in many parts of the world. The epidemic’s disproportionate impact on women and girls has given rise to a startling new reality: the feminization of the epidemic, rooted in their economic dependency and the denial of their rights.

In generally, the increase of AIDS depends on poverty, illiteracy, ignorance, lack of mass community health care, social patterns, sexual practices/ behaviors, unawareness reproductive rights, illicit drug use, sex works exploitation, gender inequality etc. It is for these reasons that HIV/AIDS is not simply a medical disease but also a socio-economic problem. Bangladesh is at a great risk of AIDS epidemic, despite its relatively low prevalence of HIV. Migration from neighboring India and Myanmar and unprotected sex in vulnerable group is a major threat for spreading HIV/AIDS.

Poverty in Bangladesh is a deeply entrenched and complex phenomenon. Although some progress in poverty reduction in recent years, poverty remains widespread and most indicators suggest that it is on the rise. Approximately two-thirds of the working population live in rural areas and depend on subsistence farming for their livelihoods. In these areas the majority of households have little or no access to primary health care, education, clean drinking water and sanitation services. Life is a constant struggle for survival. By a study ‘Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation’ found that a substantial proportion of some young and single textile, garment workers, tea garden female workers, house key-per supplement their low wages by occasional prostitution. Consensual sex or non-commercial sex exists in rural societies, particularly when husbands are absent for a long time.

Another potential threat in Bangladesh to the spread of HIV was the large number of injecting drug users sharing needles, With nearly 50,000 drug users in Bangladesh, about 25,000 of whom inject drugs, and very little health care facilities all the ingredients were present for an uncontrollable epidemic, “Injecting drug uses remains the significant challenge to combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh today," AIDS researcher Mohammad Khairul Alam told.

Although, adolescents in Bangladesh are denied adequate access to information, sexual health services such as condoms, derives from the stereotypical and often contradictory ways in which they are viewed. Although they have more opportunities to be misguided due to their partner pressure and involved in danger for having inadequate knowledge as to safe-sex. The consequences of HIV/AIDS can be far-reaching for adolescents. Not only does HIV disease have terrible consequences for the individual, causing dangerous illness and eventual death, it has the potential to trigger negative social reactions. Generally, people with HIV/AIDS frequently experience discrimination and stigmatization.

 


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