The data is stark and incontrovertible: HIV is spreading faster among teenage girls and young women than in any other group in South Africa.
Almost four out of every 10 new HIV infections in the country occur among women between the ages of 15 and 24 — an infection rate up to four times that of their male peers.
The key driver? Age-disparate sex.
The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism invites you to a policy dialogue at the 9th South African Aids Conference on the effects of blessers and blessees on HIV transmission, and possible solutions to the situation.
Are we remotely on track to reduce new HIV infections among young women by 60% by 2022?
Hear from young women, sexual and reproductive rights activists and HIV experts about what can be done to protect young women.
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The panel will be moderated by Mia Malan, executive director and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa.
Date: 12 JuneVenue: Hilton Durban Hotel, 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban Central, KwaZulu-NatalTime: 6pm to 8pm
RSVP by 11 June. Click here: [email protected]
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