Women and Trachoma: The Diverging Risks of Exposure to Trachoma
Over the course of their lives, women spend more time with children than men. Because young children are the reservoirs of trachoma infection, contact with them can result in more frequent trachoma infection. This gender-specific exposure to trachoma risk factors places women at a higher risk for trachoma infections and subsequent blindness. Although both men and women can develop trichiasis, the odds of trichiasis are greater among women than men.