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Title:Exploring the relationship between HIV and alcohol use in a remote Namibian mining community
Authors:Lightfoot, ElizabethISNI
Maree, Maretha
Ananias, JanetISNI
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research (ISSN 1608-5906)
Geographic term:Namibia
alcoholic beverages
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2989/AJAR.2009.
Abstract:In southern Africa, the use of alcohol is increasingly seen as creating a context of risk for HIV transmission. The authors investigate the links between alcohol use and higher-risk sexual behaviour in a remote mining-town community in southern Namibia. Using data from six focus groups and 16 interviews conducted in 2008, they investigate the knowledge of the link between alcohol consumption and HIV risk, focusing on the specific mechanisms related to drinking and higher-risk sexual behaviour. Although knowledge regarding HIV and alcohol is high among the mineworkers and other community members, the social structure of a remote mining town appears to lead to high levels of alcohol use and higher-risk sexual behaviour. The heavy use of alcohol acts as an accelerant to this behaviour. The findings suggest a need for HIV-prevention programmes that focus more holistically on HIV and AIDS and alcohol use, as well as the need for structural changes to mining-town communities in order to reduce the likelihood of both heavy alcohol use as well as a high prevalence of higher-risk sexual behaviour. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]