Study aims to advance prevention of HIV/AIDS among young women in low- and middle-income countries

Head shot of Chunling Lu and Subu Subramanian

Two researchers affiliated with the Harvard Pop Center (Chungling Lu, PhD, and S V Subramanian, PhD) and their colleagues assessed levels of knowledge of HIV/AIDS and associated socioeconomic disparities among young women between the ages of 15-24 using Demographic Health Surveys from 51 low- and middle-income countries completed between 2002–2018.  Their findings, published in JAMA Network Open, point to there being a need to increase knowledge of HIV/AIDS across this population, with particular attention to those young women of lower socioeconomic status.

“Future HIV-prevention campaigns or programs should continue to emphasize the needs of young people with socioeconomic disadvantage and to provide more support for effective interventions, such as public campaigns through mass or social media.”

Study Authors: Fan Yang, PhD; Zhihui Li, ScD; S. V. Subramanian, PhD; and  Chunling Lu, PhD

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