Multilevel Mechanisms of HIV Acquisition in Young South African Women

Young women in sub-Saharan Africa are at high risk of HIV infection; 76% of all new infections among young people occur in women and 77% of HIV positive women globally live in sub-Saharan Africa. This project has established an ongoing cohort of 2,500 adolescent South African girls, followed through key life transitions into early adulthood; notably these data includes HIV incidence and many key determinants of HIV infection including important life transitions such as coital debut and school completion at multiple time-points. The team is collecting additional data to understand how key social determinants shape HIV risk in young women in South Africa as they transition from adolescence into young adulthood. Data will be collected from an ongoing cohort of 2,500 adolescent girls in South Africa and linked to social environment data and population demographic surveillance/census data. This rich data linkage allows an understanding of how key social determinants shape HIV risk in young women in the transition from adolescence into young adulthood.

Principal Investigator:

CPC Fellow Investigator: Harsha Thirumurthy

Other Investigators: Kathleen Kahn, Daniel Westreich

Funding Source: NIH

Grant Number: R01MH110186

Funding Period: 4/22/2016 - 1/31/2021

Primary Research Area: Demography,Population Health

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