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HIV/AIDS Research Among Adolescent & Young People

UNAIDS (2018) reports that every week, around 7000 young women aged 15–24 years become infected with HIV. In sub-Saharan Africa, three in four new infections among adolescents aged 15–19 years are in girls. HIV prevalence among young women in South Africa is nearly four times greater than that of men their age.46. Young women between the ages of 15 and 24 made up 37% of new infections in South Africa in 2016.

Aurum and Johns Hopkins researchers Tonderai Mabuto, Candice Chetty-Makkan and Chris Hoffmann were funded by Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE) to conduct an HIV prevention project on the use of incentivised mobile technology to improve uptake of HIV testing services among adolescents and young adults. The aims of this study were to understand what would motivate adolescents and young adults to test for HIV and adhere to treatment and to develop an incentivised mobile technology model to engage adolescents in HIV testing services. The study was conducted in Ekurhuleni district of Gauteng between March 2016 to December 2018.

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