Durban - Even where HIV knowledge is high, the benefits of relationships involving young women and “sugar daddies” are seen by the women to outweigh the risks.
So says a University of KwaZulu-Natal professor.
Speaking during a panel discussion last week, Professor Beverley Haddad said these relationships were not seen by the parties involved to pose any risk.
She and Professor Gerald West, along with Bongi Zengele, a PhD candidate, were part of the discussion at the university’s Pietermaritzburg campus.
Haddad said research among adolescent high school pupils in a rural community in 2010-11 showed that girls aged 15 to 19 got HIV at least five to seven years earlier than their male peers.