New research casts doubt on age gap theory of HIV transmission

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An article published by Avert summarises research from South Africa suggesting that a women’s HIV risk may be driven more by their male partner’s age than by the age gap between them. The study led by the US-based Institute for Disease Modeling, took data from around 10,260 women and 7,840 men in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and analysed it from 2004 and 2015. New HIV infections were documented in 1,788 women and 579 men.

When are declines in condom use while using PrEP a concern? Modelling insights from a Hillbrow, South Africa case study

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Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a promising new prevention approach for those most at risk of HIV infection. However, there are concerns that behavioural changes, specifically reductions in condom use, might limit PrEP’s protective effect. This study uses the case of female sex workers (FSWs) in Johannesburg, South Africa, to assess whether decreased levels of condom use following the introduction of PrEP may limit HIV risk reduction.

STRIVE at AIDS Impact conference

Social scientists working on HIV research gather in Cape Town, South Africa, 13–15 November 2017, for the 13th International Conference on AIDS Impact. This year’s theme: “What will it really take to end the epidemic?”

Monday 13 November, 12:30–13:30

STRIVE research director Janet Seeley chairs a lunchtime satellite panel on “Youth and HIV in southern Africa: The convergence of sex, HIV and complex lives”. 

Highlights from the SVRI forum 2017

STRIVE participated in the 5th International Conference of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative held in Rio, Brazil, 18–21 September 2017.

The global event brought together more than 450 researchers, gender activists, funders, policymakers and practitioners who are working to understand, prevent and respond to sexual and intimate partner violence. Many of the socio-ecological pathways that STRIVE is investigating overlapped with the diverse programme of events at SVRI 2017, including:

Alcohol and Young People: STRIVE Resources

To find resources related to research on alcohol and HIV risk, search STRIVE's resource section. This one-pager gives the links to a selection of useful documents on the alcohol, young people and sexual risk.

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Creating space for girls to aspire, negotiate and grow

Join us for a free webinar on 26 October 2017, 11am BST about Parivartan Plus, a sports based programme in Mumbai.

Join us for a free webinar on 26 October 2017, 11am BST about Parivartan Plus, a sports based programme in Mumbai.

Youth and alcohol photovoice study

This conference poster was developed by STRIVE partners at the Soul City Institute for Social Justice. It presents results from a photovoice study which demonstrated that alcohol is a driver of HIV risk and potential sexual assault. 


Findings from the STRIVE three-country study of alcohol availability and marketing will be presented at the Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Melbourne, Australia 4–6 October, 2017. The international event is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers, researchers and practitioners. For 2017, the conference theme is Mobilising for Change: Alcohol policy and the evidence for action.


Researchers from STRIVE and partners are participating in the 2017 Forum of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), 18 - 21 September. Find them at the sessions listed below. Scroll further down for useful resources.


Preferences for antiretroviral (ARV)-based HIV prevention

The following posters were presented at the 9th International AIDS conference on HIV Science, 23 - 26 July in Paris, France.