STRIVE participate in expert meeting on HIV prevention methods relevant to African adolescent girls and young women

12 April 2018
Sephy Valuks

The meeting sought to evolve the research agenda related to the promotion, adoption and use of health products and technologies among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa. Hosted by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) on 12 March 2018, it brought together funders, programme implementers, researchers and representatives from a South African market research agency.

Joyce Wamoyi, a co-leader of the STRIVE transactional sex working group attended the meeting and contributed to discussions based on her experiences working with adolescents and young people in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Wamoyi also shared experiences from STRIVE research on transactional sex, a key driver among AGYW in this area.

Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, co-leader of the STRIVE biomedical prevention working group, attended the meeting and contributed to discussions drawing on examples from PrEP studies and experiences in Tanzania and South Africa. 

Insights shared in the presentation were particularly useful for guiding the South African market research agency (Kantar TNS) and the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) in interpreting their findings from ethnographic and survey-based research with this target population.