What do we mean when we say transactional sex? – Learning Lab, 18 February 2016

04 February 2016
Michelle Moore

Join us for a free webinar on Thursday 18 February 2016, 1pm GMT

Transactional sex is an important driver of the HIV epidemic, but one that is difficult to operationalize and measure. This study used cultural consensus modeling, a measurement approach borrowed from cultural anthropology, to identify three distinct models of transactional sex in Swaziland:

  • A rural model composed of slightly older women with slightly lower education
  • An urban model predominated by relatively well educated women
  • A model primarily practised by university students

The cultural consensus model process resulted in a weighted scale that could be used to measure the degree to which a clinic-based sample of women participated in each of the three models.

This webinar discusses how the study found that the social acceptability of the model had important ramifications for what strategy women used to protect themselves from HIV within their relationship. 


Dr Rebecca Fielding-Miller is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. She is a social scientist who blends ethnographic and statistical approaches to understand structural drivers of HIV and gender based violence in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Fielding-Miller is a founding member of the Swaziland AIDS Research Network.


8:00am Washington DC

1:00pm London

2:00pm Geneva

3:00pm Johannesburg

4:00pm Kampala/Mwanza

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