Transactional sex and HIV risk: from analysis to action

24 September 2018
Sephy Valuks

Join the Facebook live session on 27 September, 14:00 - 15:30 BST.

The live session, hosted by #BeTeamWomen and UNAIDS, will cover:

  • the boundary between transactional sex and sex work
  • the role of the "Blesser", "Sponsor" and "Sugar Daddy" in transactional sex relationships
  • the increased risk of HIV among adolescent girls and young women participating in transactional sex

Transactional sex is associated with HIV risk behaviours such as multiple sexual partners, intimate partner violence, abuse, alcohol consumption and varying levels of condom use.

Moderated by Ebony Johnson, the panel will include:

  • STRIVE researchers - Joyce Wamoyi (National Institute for Medical Research, Tanzania) and Kirsten Stoebenau (University of Maryland School of Public Health)
  • Winny Obure (Teenseed Africa)
  • Nyasha Kadandara (Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker, Zimbabwe/Kenya)

Participants will be able to interact directly with panellists by commenting during the LIVE discussion or can alternatively send questions ahead to Be Team Women.

Learn more about STRIVE's transactional sex research

Based on research and analysis by the STRIVE research consortium, this 7-minute video explains:

  • a clear definition of transactional sex
  • three sets of motivations that underlie the practice
  • five important considerations for efforts to address the HIV risk involved in transactional sex