Results from the EMPOWER randomised trial - Sinead Delany-Moretlwe

PrEP is a new HIV prevention technology that is likely to benefit adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Eastern and Southern Africa at substantial risk for HIV infection. Strategies to support PrEP uptake and address barriers to consistent use are urgently needed. As part of the EMPOWER study, a randomised controlled trial was conducted to evaluate whether empowerment clubs increase PrEP uptake and continuation among AGYW in South Africa and Tanzania.

Eight common pitfalls of social norms interventions: theory in assistance of better practice

Despite the fascination with social norms theory to improve health outcomes, the ability to use social norm theory to inform health interventions varies widely. In this Learning Lab Ben Cislaghi presents eight pitfalls that practitioners must avoid as they plan to integrate a social norms perspective in their interventions, as well as eight learnings. These learnings are:

Violence experience by perpetrator and associations with HIV/STI risk and infection: a cross-sectional study among female sex workers in Karnataka, south India

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Female sex workers (FSWs) experience violence from a range of perpetrators, but little is known about how violence experience across multiple settings (workplace, community, domestic) impacts on HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk. This paper examines whether HIV/STI risk differs by the perpetrator of violence.

Alcohol Availability, Marketing and Sexual Health Risk Amongst Urban and Rural Youth in South Africa

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South Africa has high rates of HIV prevalence and incidence and very high binge drinking rates amongst youth. This study used GIS mapping of alcohol outlets and participatory research methods to explore and understand youth’s perception of alcohol availability and marketing and their associated risks for HIV and sexual violence. Twenty seven young people from 18–24 years from an urban and rural area participated in the study. 

Key findings

Finding clear messages in mixed findings: Experiences from Samvedana Plus cluster-randomised trial

STRIVE researchers from the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) presented at the 4th What Works Annual Scientific Meeting, 29 - 31 October, Kathmandu Nepal.

Researchers, programmers and academics from 30 organisations gathered to share and learn from trials that aimed to reduce violence among various population sub-groups. The meeting focused on strengthening the policy-relevance of the What Works research programme and sought to develop an impactful narrative and set of key messages from different programmes around the world.

Video presentations from the STRIVE pre-conference session at AIDS 2018

Policy makers, implementers, civil society members, advocates and researchers assembled in Amsterdam on 21 July 2018, to participate in the STRIVE pre-conference session at AIDS2018. The ambitious programme, which synthesised 7 years of evidence on the structural drivers of HIV, was structured around two key panel discussions:

Integrating violence screening and support for young women accessing PrEP in South Africa and Tanzania : Experiences from the EMPOWER study - Manuela Colombini

Although we know that partner violence may undermine oral PrEP use, evidence is scarce on how to support PrEP use while decreasing vulnerability to violence among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW).

Did empowerment clubs increase PrEP continuation among adolescent girls and young women in South Africa and Tanzania? Results from the EMPOWER randomised trial

Join us for a free webinar on Tuesday 27 November, 12 noon GMT.

Join us for a free webinar on Tuesday 27 November, 12 noon GMT.


Find out more about STRIVE sessions at the HIV Research for Prevention Conference.

Find out more about STRIVE sessions at the HIV Research for Prevention Conference.

Sex and the sugar daddy

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In Kenya, more and more young women are using sugar daddies to fund a lifestyle worth posting on social media. Transactional sex was once driven by poverty, says film-maker Nyasha Kadandara. But now, increasingly, it's driven by vanity. 

Older men have always used gifts, status, and influence to buy access to young women. The sugar daddy has probably been around, in every society, for as long as the prostitute. So you might ask: "Why even have a conversation about transactional sex in Africa?"