Socio-economic, biological and behavioural correlates of HIV status among young Black South Africans in Cape Town, South Africa

Presenter(s): Nicoli Nattrass

Abstract / Description: 


Data from a panel study of African men and women aged 20-30 in Cape Town, South Africa, reveals a clear association between HIV prevalence and the number of years of sexual activity, which is consistent with arguments that emphasise sexual behaviour as the key driver of the epidemic. Having engaged in a concurrent sexual partnership increases HIV risk for young men, and full circumcision reduces it. HIV risk for young women (but not young men) is also affected by socio-economic status, measured in terms of participation in post-school education (relative to making a transition from school to work, or school to employment). Among young men, higher socio-economic status is associated with safer sex, in terms of condom use, but the effects of this are offset by the effect of having more than two sexual partners and engaging in concurrent partnerships. The analysis suggests that both sexual behaviour and socio-economic status matter, but that these dynamics are highly gendered.



Thu, 08 Mar 2012 -
13:00 to 14:00

CSSR Seminar Room R429 Leslie Social Science Building