More than 3,000 young people between 15 and 19 were tested for HIV.
Based on this, 5.6% of the women and 0.7% of the men in this age group in South Africa were estimated to be HIV , working out to an eightfold difference between the sexes.
Between the ages of 0 and 14, there was a relatively low difference in HIV prevalence between girls and boys.
Of the girls, an estimated 2.4% were HIV and of the boys, 2.3%.
The report stated that more needs to be done to challenge communities’ acceptance of these relationships.
And as they have been associated with financial gain, “it is necessary to ensure that girls and young females are empowered and have access to education and employment to break the cycle of poverty”.
Some of the women have violent partners who are less likely to use condoms, more likely to have multiple sex partners and to be HIV .But from the ages of 15, the prevalence among girls rose significantly.Men only had a higher prevalence (an estimated 15.5%) in the 50 to 54 age group, where an estimated 14.8% of the women were HIV .In an article on the launch, the South African government news agency reported that “girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are up to eight times more likely to be HIV than males of the same age”. Ramaphosa is the chair of the South African National Aids Council.The council’s monitoring and evaluation manager, Lifutso Motsieloa, told Africa Check the claim was based on South Africa’s 2012 National HIV Prevalence report.