Conflict, HIV and AIDS: a new dynamic in warfare?

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The argument that there is a link between conflict and the spread of HIV has become commonplace in both the academic and policy world. This article examines five key reasons offered for this link: the high HIV prevalence in many militaries; that conflict leads to migration which acts as a vector for the spread of the disease; the changes in sexual behaviour introduced by conflict, including increased incidence of rape; reduced health provision and support as a result of conflict; and the risks introduced in post-conflict settings. The article argues that these reasons offer a poor explanation as to why HIV is spread in some conflicts but no to thers and develops a new model to explain when conflict might lead to the spread of HIV.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-114
Number of pages16
JournalGlobal Change, Peace and Security
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2009


  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • conflict
  • security
  • Africa


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