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Before HIV: Sexuality, Fertility and Mortality in East Africa, 1900-1980

Shane Doyle


This book addresses two of the most important questions in modern African history: the causes of rapid population growth, and the origins of the AIDS pandemic. It examines three societies on the Uganda–Tanzania border whose distinctive histories shed new light on both of these phenomena. This was the region where HIV in Africa first became a mass rural epidemic, and also where HIV infection rates first began to decline significantly. The book argues that only by analysing the long history of changes in sexual behaviour and attitudes can the shape of Africa's regional epidemics be fully underst ... More

Keywords: Uganda, Tanzania, HIV/AIDS, demographic, infertility, mortality, sexuality, Ankole, Buganda, Buhaya

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265338
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265338.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shane Doyle, author
Senior Lecturer in African History, University of Leeds