Questions on transactional sex in the DHS

04 June 2018

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As of [2015], the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) include improved questions to capture the practice of transactional sex for women and men. Similar questions are now included in the Violence against Children surveys (VACS), evaluations of the Transfer project and other cash transfer studies in South Africa andTanzania and numerous individual studies including at least one surveillance site. As a result, survey data can be expected to shed light on:

  • the prevalence and determinants of the practice of transactional sex

  • the contribution of the practice to the HIV risk facing adolescent girls and young women

  • thinking to inform the design of steps to address such risk within broader programmes for this population