HIV Prevalence Among Young Women in South Africa Triple the Rate Among Young Men, Survey Shows
September 26, 2005
Women ages 15 to 24 in South Africa are substantially more likely to be HIV-positive than their male counterparts, according to a study published in the Sept. 23 issue of the journal AIDS, the SAPA/iafrica.com reports (SAPA/iafrica.com, 9/22). Audrey Pettifor and colleagues from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of California-San Francisco and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa from March 2003 to August 2003 conducted household surveys and HIV tests among 11,904 15- to 24-year-olds across South Africa, finding that 15.5% of the women and 4.8% of the men tested HIV-positive. The study also examined the extent to which men and women engaged in risky behaviors, including having a larger number of sexual partners and using condoms inconsistently, both of which were associated with HIV infection.
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