Alcohol use and high-risk sexual behavior among adolescents and young adults in Harare, Zimbabwe

Priscilla Mataure, Willi McFarland, Katherine Fritz, Andrea Kim, Godfrey Woelk, Sunanda Ray, George Rutherford

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Abstract

We conducted a quantitative and qualitative study of alcohol use and high-risk sexual behavior among adolescents and young adults of age 15-21 years in Harare, Zimbabwe. Methods included a cross-sectional survey of youth sampled at nightclubs and bottle stores informed by participant observation, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions. Findings corroborated a cycle of HIV transmission that involves older men, younger women, and ultimately the steady partners of both. Nightclubs and other drinking establishments catering to youth can provide opportunities for preventing HIV transmission through stuctural interventions or targeted outreach education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-219
Number of pages9
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Alcohol use
  • HIV
  • Sexual behavior
  • Youth
  • Zimbabwe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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