Technical brief: Transactional sex and HIV risk

STRIVE Transactional Sex Technical Brief.pdf

An accessible synthesis and key messages of STRIVE learning about transactional sex.

Adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa face a higher risk of HIV infection than any other demographic worldwide. HIV prevalence here is more than twice as high among young women as it is among young men. In parts of South Africa, it is up to eight times higher. Despite increased efforts, there is limited progress in reducing the burden of new infections in this population. This suggests that important factors, notably transactional sex, are still being overlooked or inadequately understood and addressed.

This technical brief provides:

  • A definition of transactional sex
  • Recommendations for interventions and research
  • Key existing evidence and related STRIVE findings
  • Examples of impact

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