Economie status, informal exchange, and sexual risk in Kisumu, Kenya

Nancy Luke

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A study was conducted to address the association of economic status, informal exchange, and sexual risk behavior in Kisumu, Kenya, with a focus on the role of men in spreading HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome). The study revealed that the wealthier men display great risky behavior than poorer men by abandoning condom use, thereby giving large disease transfers to their female partners. The survey aimed to accumulate information on male nonmarital sexual behavior not restricted to commercial sex and this information proved to be useful to analyze the relationship between male wealth and sexual behavior. It offered information about multiple sexual partnerships between respondents with details of both respondents of the partnership. The Kisumu survey also concluded that the informal exchange of money and gifts has become an expected practice in many African countries such that no woman agrees to have sex unless receiving some sort of transfer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-396
Number of pages22
JournalEconomic Development and Cultural Change
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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