Background: Many programmes on young people and HIV/AIDS prevention have focused on the in-school and channeled sexual and reproductive health messages through schools with limited activities for the young people's families.
Previous studies from sub-Saharan Africa have found that orphans experience increased sexual risk compared to non-orphans.
This report is based on research and interviews conducted by the Center between June 2009 and February 2010. The Center gathered the experiences of 59 women through a combination of in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
The main rationale for this study was to better understand the health status of South African children in relation to HIV.