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Gender may influence health status in the following ways:

  • Exposure, risk or vulnerability

  • Nature, severity and frequency of health problems

  • Ways in which symptoms are perceived

  • Health seeking behaviour

  • Access to health services

  • Ability to follow advised treatment

  • Long-term social and health consequences. [2]

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2. WHO Transforming health systems: Gender and rights in reproductive health. WHO, Geneva, 2001 p. 82

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