Girls, sex and HIV: understanding adolescent and young adult women's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in New Brunswick

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University of New Brunswick


Young women in Canada are increasingly becoming susceptible to sexual health related risks including the threat of HIV/ AIDS. With more than half of the 34 million global HIV/ AIDS case occurring among women; it is important to understand the factors that are contributing to adolescent and young adult women's vulnerability to infection. This study aimed to examine the factors that are influencing this increased susceptibility among young women aged 15 to 24 years in New Brunswick. This study was directed by three theoretical perspectives and was framed and analyzed using Scheper-Hughes and Lock's (1987) "three bodies model". Using a survey and semi-structured interviews, this study was able to elicit several individual, social, and structural forces that may lead to an increase in the spread of HIV/AIDS among New Brunswick's young women. The findings from this study provide pertinent information on young women's risks and potential areas for improved prevention strategies.