Hmm

The prevalence of HIV in Uganda is more than 3% higher among women than men, according to research revealed by the government.

While the overall rate of those aged between 15 and 49 living with the infection has declined in the past five years to 6% – from 7.3% – women remain disproportionately affected by the epidemic.

Health experts have attributed the disparity to the fact men tend to have more sexual partners, so a man with HIV would spread the infection to more people. Teenage girls and young women are also more likely to face discrimination when seeking preventative measures, such as asking for condoms.

Of course, I don’t actually know, but just pose the question. Perhaps male to female infection is easier than female to male?

21 thoughts on “Hmm”

  1. Yes it is. There’s some numbers on wiki regarding transmission rates through different flavours of intercourse.

  2. When in Kenya some twenty five years ago, the daughter of the friend we were staying with was a research nurse at Wellcome Trust Kilifi.
    During a discussion on the then aids epidemic she produced a map that had been drawn up showing the worst areas for the desease, all were on the trans African truck routes round the truck stops where prostitutes plied their trade, that was rightly assumed how it had spread.

  3. Perhaps male to female infection is easier than female to male?

    As others have said, it is. There are basically three ways for a westerner to catch HIV:

    1) Having unprotected anal sex
    2) Sharing needles
    3) Having unprotected sex with hookers, particularly Africans.

    For an African, you can add to that list:

    4) Having lots of unprotected sex with different partners.

    If you avoid those, catching HIV is pretty hard. Even if a woman is infected, a man would need to have vaginal sex with her several times (around 15 I think, on average but depends on what stage she’s at and the presence of other diseases) before he’d likely be infected. For a woman, it’s fewer times.

    It’s a reasonable rule that if somebody has HIV they will almost certainly have other diseases which are much easier to catch. Chlamydia is probably the most infectious (you can catch that with a single, unprotected thrust), so some places screen for that first.

    In short, if you’re an expat in Thailand and a condom has bust inside some dodgy woman you’re paying for, get yourself screened for chlamydia, take a horse-pill antibiotic, and don’t worry during the 3-month wait for the HIV test.

  4. It seems pretty obvious that the viral load in an ejaculation, most of which remains inside the woman, is greater than however much love juice can trickle up your japseye. These are science terms, so sorry if I am confusing slower members.

  5. Incidentally, I suspect I’m the person on here who has had the most HIV tests. Must be over 20 by now, almost all for work/visa requirements. I am pretty sure I’m the only person on here who has done one and instead of getting the results you have a doctor call you and say:

    “There’s a problem with your HIV test…”

    That wasn’t a fun 48 hours.

  6. Men have more sexual partners than women? Impossible on average unless they are partnering a different species. Chimpanzees perhaps?

  7. Men have more sexual partners than women? Impossible on average unless they are partnering a different species. Chimpanzees perhaps?

    Depends on which average you use.

  8. Teenage girls and young women are also more likely to face discrimination when seeking preventative measures, such as asking for condoms.

    Funny how men aren’t expected to have and use them; no, the women are discriminated against when they ask for them. Doesn’t say who does the discriminating – the Vatican probably, or maybe Tories.

    Black men must not be held accountable for their actions under any circumstances – Social Justice Rule #1.

  9. Assumes 103 women sleeping around with 100 men. Or 103 women not using findings for every 100 men not using condoms.

    Or transmission easier in one direction than the other, but that would show up in more than one country.

    And obviously zero homosexuals in Uganda.

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