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.
With improved access to treatment for people living with HIV many are now able to live longer. As a result there is growing interest in overall quality of life issues.
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.