Girls and Young Women most Vulnerable to HIV Infections
Two thousand young girls between the ages of 13 and 24 are infected with HIV every week. That is eight thousand girls a month and 96 thousand a year.
The World Aids Day report shows that women between 15 and 24 years are the most vulnerable to HIV infection and are not even aware of the risks involved.
Forced sex, rape and poverty among women contribute to the high levels of infections.
The South African government is also concerned about older men having sex with girls and young women.
This is known as transactional sex; a practice in which men provide financial support to young women in exchange for sex.
In order to control the new infection rate, the South African government and US Embassy have launched the DREAMS programme.
The programme is designed to empower young women to reduce their dependency on men.
The South African government, with the support of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief- PEPFAR- are focusing on communities with the highest HIV prevalence.
YouTube clip on #DREAMS launch