South African Women Living with HIV

South African Women Living with HIV

Global Lessons from Local Voices
Anna Aulette-Root, Floretta Boonzaier and Judy Aulette
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/13/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-01054-4
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Based on interviews with women who are HIV positive, this sobering pandemic brings to light the deeply rooted and complex problems of living with HIV. Already pushed to the edges of society by poverty, racial politics, and gender injustice, women with HIV in South Africa have found ways to cope with work and men, disclosure of their HIV status, and care for families and children to create a sense of normalcy in their lives. As women take control of their treatment, they help to determine effective routes to ending the spread of the disease.

Author Bio

Anna Aulette-Root is Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town.

Floretta Boonzaier is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town.

Judy Aulette is Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.


“In a world where HIV treatment has transformed the political and embodied landscape of the disease, this important book addresses the understudied gendered politics of HIV treatment.”
 — Mark Hunter, University of Toronto

“[The authors] conclude, principally, that we cannot design effective interventions against the virus, the stigma, and the social determinants of women’s specific vulnerabilities to HIV without careful attention to gender. I believe they make the point convincingly, with a richness of detail and sensitivity to nuance and emotional lives that commonly escapes biomedical discourse. I would certainly recommend the book as a resource for people entering the field.”
 — International Journal of African Historical Studies

“[T]he book is a much-needed contribution to research on the social construction of illness, gendered inequality and global gender injustice, and the lives of people living with HIV.”
 — International Social Science Review

“The developing theme of this text offers Africanists a solid platform to think critically about global politics, social class, racism, and gender injustice and their impact on the spread of HIV infection in marginalized populations south of the Sahara. This book will appeal to scholars and students of psychology, public health, public policy, and African studies.”
 — African Studies Quarterly

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Table of Contents

1. Women Living with HIV
2. An Introduction to South Africa with a Focus on the Cape Colored Community
3. Setting the Stage for Exploring a Support Group for HIV Positive Women in a Coloured Community in Cape Town
4. Marginalizing the Marginalized Through Multiple Stigmas
5. Disclosure for Better or Worse
6. Staking a Claim as Normal Through Work and Relationships with Men
7. Care Work
8. Care Work and Violent Men
9. Women’s Bodies
10. Lessons for the World References