Esselen Street clinic, Johannesburg
Duration of Project
6 months from end 2006
University of North Carolina
NIH (through UNC CFAR programme)
Dr Catherine MacPhail, Senior Researcher
Project Aim/ Objective
The risks of HIV infection is among the highest for young South African women. This study seeks to better understand young women's sexual relationships and their risk of HIV infection with specific regard to the balance of gender power in relationships. Additionally, the study aims to examine the features of HIV prevention interventions most desired by young women.
- To conduct in-depth interviews with young South African women to explore
- The motivations for young women's sexual relationships
- Their experience with discussions of HIV prevention
- Barriers and facilitators of safe sex behaviours within the context of sexual relationships
- Gender power in adolescent relationships to better understand the context in which young women are attempting HIV prevention behaviours
- The types of intervention programmes that young South African women suggest would be most useful for them (programme content as well as format)
Formative information on the role of gender power in adolescent relationships and preferred intervention activities/formats
The formative information generated by this study will be used to inform the development of a HIV prevention intervention specifically designed to meet the needs of young South African women.