Young Women & HIV Risk in sub-Saharan Africa: Moving beyond the individual to address structural drivers of the e... description
In this talk Dr Pettifor describes the epidemiology of HIV infection among young women in sub-Saharan Africa. She illustrates the disproportionate burden of infection faced by young women compared to young men. Dr Pettifor then discusses a number of determinants that may help explain why young women are at increased risk, focusing on structural factors, in particular education and gender power. Lastly, Dr Pettifor discusses the recent interest in the use of cash transfers as a mean to reduce risk of HIV infection. She discusses potential mechanisms through which such interventions may work and highlights the results of a few studies exploring cash transfers to reduce HIV risk. In particular, she describes a large randomized controlled trial of conditional cash transfers that she is conducting among young women in South Africa.
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