Youth Perspectives on Alcohol: Availability and marketing in South Africa, Tanzania and India

Alcohol use among young people exposes them to a variety of social, economic and public health hazards and is one of the drivers of the HIV epidemic in developing countries. This Learning Lab presents findings from a STRIVE multi-country study in South Africa, Tanzania and India which assessed how alcohol availability and promotion affect young people’s sexual health and safety.

The researchers highlight shared and unique findings from the three contexts including:

Communication About Microbicide Use Between Couples in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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The ways in which couples communicate about microbicides is likely to influence microbicide uptake and usage. This paper examines quantitative data about whether women in a microbicide trial discussed microbicides with their partners, as well as in-depth-interviews with women in the trial and focus-group discussions with community members. The results show that after 4 weeks in the trial, 60 % of 1092 women had discussed microbicides with their partners, likelihood of discussing microbicides was associated with:

Measuring violence to end violence: mainstreaming gender

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This article aims to mainstream gender into the measurement of violence, in order to assist the development of the theory of change needed to support actions to end violence. It addresses the division between gender-neutral and women-only strategies of data collection that fail to deliver the quality evidence needed to:

Structural factors and the HIV prevention and treatment cascades: where are we?

Join us for a free webinar on 1 March 2018, 1pm GMT.

Join us for a free webinar on 1 March 2018, 1pm GMT.

2017 round-up

Happy new year and thank you all for your support in 2017. This is an opportunity to look back at some STRIVE achievements over the past year.

Happy new year and thank you all for your support in 2017. This is an opportunity to look back at some STRIVE achievements over the past year.

STRIVE partner updates

STRIVE partner Karnataka Health Promotion Trust have recently published their quarterly round-up, Manthana. The newsletter includes updates about Samvedana Plus, an intervention that seeks to understand and address intimate partner violence and HIV risk.

Youth Perspectives on Alcohol: Availability and marketing in South Africa, Tanzania and India

Join us for a free webinar on 31 January 2018, 11am GMT.

Join us for a free webinar on 31 January 2018, 11am GMT.

Time for a data revolution to guide the HIV response

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James Hargreaves' article, published by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on World AIDS Day, calls for a revitalisation of HIV measurement and surveillance efforts, so that countries know where to focus their efforts in coming years.

Traditional approaches to tracking the epidemic are no longer fit for purpose."

The crime of gender inequality in global health

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A recent article in Foreign Policy argues that there is no way of overcoming the looming health crises without first fixing the problem of women's empowerment in global health. Written by Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, the article brings into focus the issues of power and inequity in public health professions. 

The majority of people working in health worldwide are female - by far. But the majority of their bosses and global leadership are men." 

Associations between friendship characteristics and HIV and HSV-2 status amongst young South African women in HPTN-068

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Prevalence of HIV among young women in South Africa remains extremely high. The characteristics of young women's friendships might influence their sexual health and HIV risk via connections to:

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