Gender Stereotypes Affect Girls' Risk of HIV

20 September 2017

A 15-country study led by the John Hopkins Urban Health Institute and the World Health Organization found that gender stereotypes put girls as young as 10 years old at risk of HIV and depression and lead boys to abuse drugs and commit suicide. This study interviewed 450 adolescents over four years ranging from the United States, Malawi, Belgium and India. The "gender straitjacket," coined by the researchers leaves girls at greater risk of physical and sexual violence, child marriage, early pregnancy and HIV.

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