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Structural drivers of HIV and other STI in fishing communities

DEV Key Contact: Janet Seeley
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Project Status: Live


The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate the social context of sexual partnerships among women participating in the Good Health for Women Project and their regular partners and clients, as well as men and women in the fishing villages in Masaka. The study focuses on the lives and livelihoods of participants and tries to construct the social and economic factors that may help explain multiple sexual partnerships and high risk sexual behaviours. This study is complementing the basic science led superinfection study – the sample includes individuals who are superinfected (the study team is blinded to participant HIV status). The social science component of the `HIV-1 Molecular Epidemiology in Uganda: the strains, distribution and spread of HIV-1 in Uganda' is carrying out similar data collection to the study above. The study settings are similar to those of the superinfection study with the addition of the General Population Cohort, Kyamulibwa, Kalungu district. We are looking at the determinants of relationships and relationship change in high risk populations as well as among people in the general population.

Selected Outputs:

Westaway, E., J. Seeley, and E. Allison, Feckless and reckless or forbearing and resourceful? Looking behind the stereotypes of HIV and AIDS in "fishing communities". African Affairs, 2007. 106(425): 663-679.

MacPherson, E.E., J. Sadalaki, M. Njoloma, V. Nyongopa, L. Nkhwazi, V. Mwapasa, D.G. Lalloo, N. Desmond, J. Seeley, and S. Theobald, Transactional sex and HIV: understanding the gendered structural drivers of HIV in fishing communities in southern Malawi. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2012. 15(3).

McArthur, M., I. Birdthistle, J. Seeley, J. Mpendo, and G. Asiki, How HIV diagnosis and disclosure affect sexual behavior and relationships in Ugandan fishing communities. Qualitative Health Research, 2013. 23(8): 1125-1137.

Pearson, G.F., C. Barratt, J. Seeley, A. Ssetaala, G. Nabaggala and G. Asiki, Making a livelihood at the fish landing site: exploring the pursuit of economic independence amongst Ugandan women. Journal of Eastern African Studies (in press).