Putting Life on HIV Row – The Nation

Date: May 14, 2012
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Name: Putting Life on HIV Row – The Nation

Name of publication: The Nation

Name of publisher: Kondwani Munthali

Date: 3 February 2012

Country: Malawi

Theme: Sex work, HIV/Aids

Skills: Use of data, language, perspective

Genre: Features

Gem classification: Gender blind


Something raw is happening behind the scenic beauty of Malawi’s Chikangwa forest- scores of men are queuing for sex with a single woman in a nondescript shack, most times without a condom. Despite the threat of contracting HIV, the men-mostly sawyers starved of sex due to isolation from their families – are also paying a premium for the unprotected sex, which has become one of the most expensive commodity around the forest due to the natural laws of supply and demand.


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