Keep them in school: the importance of education as a protective factor against HIV infection among young South African women

Case Studies & Research
8 p.
Periodical title
International Journal of Epidemiology

This study aimed to identify risk factors for HIV infection among women aged 15-24 years who reported having one lifetime sexual partner in South Africa. A 2003 household survey of 11,904 15-24 year old women on sexual behavior and HIV testing was used. The analysis focuses on a sample of 1,708 women reporting one lifetime partner. Results show that 15% of the women reporting one lifetime partner were HIV positive. In multivariable analysis, completion of high school was associated withábeing HIV-negative (AOR 3.75; 95% CI 1.34-10.46). Interventions focusing on structural and partner-level risks are needed.

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