Webcast: Age-disparate relationships & HIV incidence amongst rural South African women

Webcast: Age-disparate relationships & HIV incidence amongst rural South African womenWomen putting braids

Watch and listen to the controversial presentation by the Africa Centre’s Guy Harling that questions the relationship between sugar daddies and HIV risk in rural communities.

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Cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer among South African women after breast cancer.
Harling’s research has led to calls to stop “anti-sugar daddy campaigns” that some activists say are not evidenced-based and may be stigmatising

Presented at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in the United States, Harling’s study followed about 2,400 HIV-negative women in rural Hlabisa in KwaZulu-Natal.

The study found that on average, women in their late teens and 20s had sexual partners about five years older than themselves.

The research also found that among these age groups, there were no significant  differences in the HIV risk between women who reported sexual partners closer in age versus those who reported sexual partners who were much older.

Watch and listen to the presentation

For more reaction to the research, read GroundUp News Editor Nathan Geffen’s reaction piece, “Anti-sugar daddy campaign not supported by evidence”