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This project will identify social determinants and their pathways of effect that shape HIV risk among young women in sub-Saharan Africa, a population that bears an enormous burden of disease. Specifically this grant will focus on a cohort of young women as they transition from adolescence and into adulthood, when HIV incidence is very high, improving our fundamental understanding of the mechanisms behind the HIV epidemic in this setting. By quantifying how interventions on social determinants could reduce HIV incidence, this project will provide information that is critical to developing and optimizing effective interventions by targeting the key combination of factors to reduce new HIV infection.

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