Economic support reduced HIV-risk behaviors among adolescents

  • July 23, 2014

Certain economic and psychosocial provisions appear to reduce incidence of HIV-risk behaviors among male and female adolescents in South Africa, according to research presented at the AIDS 2014 meeting.

Lucie Cluver, PhD, of Oxford University, and colleagues assessed HIV-risk behaviors, economic and psychosocial support among 3,515 children, aged 10 to 18 years, living in South Africa. Two interviews were conducted to evaluate differences in incidence of risky behavior. Economic support included unconditional government cash transfers, school feeding and food gardens. Psychosocial support was defined as positive parenting and social support from teachers.

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