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HIV risk among male migrant workers in central Asia: do masculinity beliefs about sexuality and marriage matter?

Muchomba, Felix Muchiri Daudi; El-Bassel, Nabila; Gilbert, Louisa; Ismayilova, Leyla; Terlikbayeva, Assel; Mergenova, Gaukhar; Shaw, Stacey A.; Merali, Natasha

The world's HIV epidemic is growing fastest in Central Asia. Migration and mobility have been found to increase HIV vulnerability in the region. There is, however, limited research on the drivers of HIV infection and transmission among migrant and mobile populations in Central Asia. This qualitative study with male migrant workers in Kazakhstan examines how beliefs about masculinity influence HIV sexual risk behavior among a sample of migrant workers recruited from the largest market place in Central Asia.

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Presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington, D.C., July 22-27, 2012.

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