Gender and Health
A Gender-Based Analysis of HIV/AIDS in Belize
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a serious public health concern in Belize, where the total number of HIV infections reported between 1986 and 2008 reached 4,680 in a population of only 322,000 . There is growing recognition that HIV programs in Belize must identify, monitor, and respond to the distinct needs of men, women, boys and girls. A gendered approach is seen as one of the most effective strategies for reducing vulnerabilities to HIV infection, and enhancing individual and community capacities for coping with the consequences of HIV .