n Journal for Contemporary History - Mining, migration and misery : exploring the HIV / AIDS nexus in the Free State Goldfields of South Africa

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Over the past few years a growing body of literature has explored the link between patterns of HIV / AIDS in South Africa and the system of migrant labour which is inextricably linked to the mining industry (Horwitz 2001; Jack 2001; Lurie 2000; Pelser 2003). A historical look at patterns of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) reveals a complex network of sexual relations in which migrants and their partners are at a higher risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases than other couples.

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