Journal Article

Family planning for HIV-positive girls and young women

The international HIV community has become increasingly attentive to the disproportionate disease burden borne by adolescent girls and young women, particularly in the epidemic's epicentre in sub-Saharan Africa. In some southern African countries, young women are up to eight times as likely to be living with HIV compared to their male peers. This severe age-sex disparity is often the result of deeply ingrained harmful social norms that perpetuate gender inequity in education, gender-based violence, early marriage and age-disparate sexual relationships, and gendered power dynamics that inhibit young women's ability to negotiate safe sex.