Men, power & money key to women’s HIV risk, youth say
Young women make up about 25 percent of all new HIV infections in South Africa. This Women’s Month, we ask young women and men why they think young women are so vulnerable to the virus.
The latest national household HIV survey by the Human Sciences Research Council shows that almost quarter of all new infections in South Africa occur among young women between the ages of 15 and 24 years.
New infections among this group of women are more than four times those seen in their male peers due to a range of factors.
Science tells us that women’s anatomy makes them more vulnerable to contracting the virus. Research says that a range of other factors including gender-based violence, unequal power dynamics in relationships and poverty exacerbate this biological vulnerability.
This Women’s Month, we ask young women and men why they think young women are more vulnerable to HIV.
An edited version of this story also appeared on Health24