Project Description

Population Council male partners study (2016 – 2018)


South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world—an estimated 7 million people in the country are living with HIV.1 Rates of new infections among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged 15–24 years are more than four times greater than that of their male peers.2 AGYW in South Africa, as in many countries, are particularly vulnerable to HIV due to a host of reasons, including economic disadvantage and lack of power to negotiate condom use or refuse sex with their male partners—many of whom are older and/or engage in high-risk behaviors.

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