, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 211-219

Alcohol Use and High-Risk Sexual Behavior Among Adolescents and Young Adults in Harare, Zimbabwe

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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.