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“It’s normal to be beaten,” one woman in Senegal told researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. CCP is trying to change that.
“Understanding the perspective of men is critical to tailoring health communication and clinical services to meet their needs,” says CCP’s Natalie Tibbels. Her research is published in the journal PLOS ONE.
“If it takes a company trying to sell razors to have an open dialogue about gender and appropriate male behavior, so be it,” writes CCP’s Executive Director Susan Krenn.
Jane Brown is an advocate for thinking about and addressing the way that disease spreads, biologically and socially, especially when it comes to HIV among women.
Men in Cote d’Ivoire aren’t being tested for HIV because they are afraid of what the impact of a positive result would be on not only their health, but their family, work, social status and sexuality. But being tested is the only way to get treated — and reduce the risk of the spread of the virus.
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