HIV/AIDS and poverty: the critical connection

Brief October 2005

There are strong bi-directional linkages between HIV/AIDS and poverty in resource-poor settings. HIV/AIDS is both a manifestation of poverty conditions that exist, taking hold where livelihoods are unsustainable, and the result of the unmitigated impact of the epidemic on social and economic conditions. HIV/AIDS is at the same time a cause and an outcome of poverty, and poverty is both a cause and an outcome of HIV/AIDS.