Poverty and Labour Market Markers of HIV+ Households: An Exploratory Methodological Analysis

"There are a number of causal studies that have been done on the relationship between poverty and HIV/Aids infection. Let us consider poverty not as a contributing cause of HIV/Aids infection, but rather as a reality of the infected individual. More specifically, consider the situation of the young HIV positive woman in terms of poverty and labour. How poor or wealthy is she compared to her HIV negative cohort? What is the reality she faces in the home as a mother? Is she a provider and if so, is she the sole provider? How extensive is her economic support network? Is she employed, and if so, where? These are some of the questions we aim to answer in this policy brief, using the objective data available to us to create probable scenarios that move us beyond the realm of statistics and into the realm of personal understanding, where the economic and welfare circumstances of HIV infected women between the ages of 20 and 29 emerge in a very real way."