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close this bookYoung Women: Silence, Suspectibility and the HIV Epidemic (UNDP, 10 p.)
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View the documentGender as an independent variable for hiv infection
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View the documentAge as an independent variable for hiv infection
View the documentAnatomy as destiny?
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View the documentThe unheard scream
View the documentThe prophetic voice
View the documentAn action agenda
View the documentBreaking the silence
View the documentChanging the operational research agenda
View the documentSanctuaries
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View the documentRestructuring gender
View the documentThe circle of the dance
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The circle of the dance

For young women to be able to remain uninfected, men and women, their communities and nations must want this to happen and be committed to work urgently towards it. Only then will there be hope. The priorities of the bioscientific research agenda must be changed and knowledge of all the factors which contribute to the susceptibility of young women to HIV infection deepened. Agendas for action must be drawn up locally and nationally. This will best be achieved through the creation of consultative processes which involve all those implicated in the required changes. These processes must be such that men feel able to participate, that women's insights and analyses are valued and listened to and that the external factors, the socio-economic and political climate which creates the conditions which increase women's and men's vulnerability to infection, can be addressed. Such processes are already occurring either spontaneously41 or set in motion by concerned individuals as in the case of the Women and AIDS Support Network in Zimbabwe. They are critical if the lives of young women are to be saved. The resulting agenda for action will provide the basis for hope.