A study on the relation between socio-economic characteristics and HIV/AIDS among the tribal women of Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya
Keywords:social fabric, HIV/AIDS, tribal Jaintia Women, Meghalaya
The social fabric of a population is of utmost importance to know the scenario of HIV/AIDS in that
population. This paper highlights vulnerability of women towards the disease based on their socio-economic
characteristics. It is a cross-sectional study among the Jaintia tribal women of Meghalaya belonging to the
reproductive and vulnerable age group (15-35years). The methods used for data collection are structured
interview schedules, participant observation, focussed group discussions and in-depth interviews. The
findings revealed that majority of the women are poor and uneducated and as a result, this has an impact on
their role and ability to protect them from contracting the disease.
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