Exploring the potential causes of HIV prevalence among young women in South Africa: a critical literature review

Zakeyo, K. and Nyashanu, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9231-0393, 2021. Exploring the potential causes of HIV prevalence among young women in South Africa: a critical literature review. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. ISSN 2056-4902

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Abstract

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). South Africa (SA) has the largest HIV pandemic in the world with approximately 7.2 million people living with HIV as of 2017. There is a disproportionate incidence of HIV between women and men, particularly affecting young women aged 15–24 years. This paper reviewed 10 articles on HIV in South Africa among young women. A total of 10 articles on HIV in South Africa were selected for review using academic databases including Library One Search Pro, Google Scholar, the British Medical Journal, and Elsevier. The search generated 11,095 articles which were narrowed down to 10 by the criteria of being specific to gender and age and publication period. Five themes were identified from the findings as potential causes of HIV prevalence among young women these included Age-disparate relationships, Social Factors and sexual behaviour, Impact of HIV on communities and individuals, Gender and patriarchy including Poverty and social isolation. There is need to raise HIV awareness among young women to reduce the rate of infection.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare
Creators: Zakeyo, K. and Nyashanu, M.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 10 June 2021
ISSN: 2056-4902
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1108/ijhrh-12-2020-0106DOI
1445598Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 16 Jun 2021 08:26
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 08:33
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43078

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