Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Cash incentives to prevent HIV?

The idea of paying people not to get HIV has always made me a little uncomfortable. Having worked in the field for a while, I am fully aware of the complexity of preventing the high-risk behaviour that leads to HIV infection and addressing the myriad complex factors that lead to that high-risk behaviour. I'm also more than aware of the realities (and prevalence) of transactional sex in South Africa, particularly among youth in the highest-risk areas, including, unsurprisingly, urban informal settlements. I suppose it could be argued that desperate times call for desperate measures. Either way, probably a good thing that studies are being done, even if the subject is instinctively somehow problematic.

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