AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 311–316 | Cite as

The Impact of a National Poverty Reduction Program on the Characteristics of Sex Partners Among Kenyan Adolescents

  • Molly Rosenberg
  • Audrey Pettifor
  • Harsha Thirumurthy
  • Carolyn Tucker Halpern
  • Sudhanshu Handa
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Abstract

Cash transfer programs have the potential to prevent the spread of HIV, particularly among adolescents. One mechanism through which these programs may work is by influencing the characteristics of the people adolescents choose as sex partners. We examined the four-year impact of a Kenyan cash transfer program on partner age, partner enrollment in school, and transactional sex-based relationships among 684 adolescents. We found no significant impact of the program on partner characteristics overall, though estimates varied widely by gender, age, schooling, and economic status. Results highlight the importance of context in exploring the potential HIV preventive effects of cash transfers.

Keywords

Cash transfer Sex partner characteristics Adolescents HIV Kenya 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Molly Rosenberg
    • 1
    • 2
  • Audrey Pettifor
    • 1
    • 2
  • Harsha Thirumurthy
    • 2
    • 3
  • Carolyn Tucker Halpern
    • 2
    • 4
  • Sudhanshu Handa
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Carolina Population Center University of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health Policy and ManagementUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  4. 4.Department of Maternal and Child HealthUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  5. 5.Department of Public PolicyUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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