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Cash Incentives Have Potential to Prevent HIV Among Young Sub-Saharan African Women

March 16, 2011

In sub-Saharan Africa, some young girls take payments from older men, known as "sugar daddies," in exchange for sex, a practice that exacerbates the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, Bloomberg News reports in an article examining the potential of and controversy over programs that offer cash incentives to such women so they will not feel the pressure to take such payments. One and a half years into a World Bank-led study in Malawi, infection rates among a group of women who received an average of $10 a month and school fees if they attended class "were 60 percent lower among schoolgirls who got cash: 1.2 percent, compared with 3 percent," who received no incentives, according to the news service (Clark, 3/15).

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