|Impact of HIV and AIDS on Families and Children (UNDP, 1997, 5 p.)|
HIV attacks relationships between men and women. The arrival of HIV in a family usually causes tension between husband and wife for the obvious reason that it reveals unfaithfulness.
Women know that many married men are unfaithful, but they cant talk or act. They fear that their husbands may beat them, or throw them out, leaving them unable to support themselves or losing their children. There are many women who contract HIV after they know or suspect their husband is infected, as they do not dare to ask their husbands to use condoms or discuss his status. Men also suspect women of extramarital affairs, and are likely to respond by throwing the wife out of the home.