Ask Didi: HIV Women vs Men

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(+26...5) asks why do women have higher chances of catching HIV during intercourse than men🤔?

There are many factors. Girls who are less knowledgeable about protecting themselves often have sex with much older men who are more likely to have HIV. While men who want to wear condoms can always do so, women are often in situations where they lack control - they may even be victims or rape or violence. Women are more likely to take anti-retroviral medicine for HIV than men, so women have a smaller viral load and are less infectious. Also, adolescent girls are more likely to have inflammation in their vagina and other physical factors that make them more vulnerable to HIV.

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