Age-disparate sex and HIV risk for young women from 2002 to 2012 in South Africa
: Journal of the International AIDS Society OUTPUT TYPE
: Journal Article PUBLICATION YEAR
: M.Evans, K.Risher, N.Zungu
, O.Shisana, S.Moyo
, D.D.Celentano, B.Maughan-Brown, T.M.RehleKEYWORDS
, RISK BEHAVIOUR
, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR
: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
: HSRC Library: shelf number 9712
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Age-disparate sex has long been considered a factor that increases HIV risk for young women in South Africa.
However, recent studies from specific regions in South Africa have found conflicting evidence. Few studies have assessed the association between age-disparate partnerships (those involving an age gap of 5 years or more) and HIV risk at the national level. This study investigates the relationship between age-disparate sex and HIV status among young women aged 15-24 in South Africa. The findings suggest that age-disparate sex continues to be a risk factor for young women aged 15-24 in South Africa at a national level. These results may reflect variation in HIV risk at the national level compared to the differing results from recent studies in a demographic surveillance system and trial contexts. In light of recent contradictory study results, further research is required on the relationship between age-disparate sex and HIV for a more nuanced understanding of young women's HIV risk.