The EMPOWER study investigated combination prevention packages (including PrEP) for adolescent women in Tanzania and South Africa, particularly for women at risk of gender based violence (GBV).
The study involved almost 500 adolescent girls and young women across both countries. It aimed to identify young women attending HIV prevention services who experience GBV, to offer counselling and link them to care. The study also offered support to young women to incorporate and sustain PrEP use within their sexual partnerships.
Half the participants were randomised to participate in four monthly EMPOWER clubs that offered skills building for communication and conflict resolution.
The study was led by the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI) of South Africa, in partnership with the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).
The Empower Story: An evaluation of a combination HIV prevention including oral PrEP for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa and Tanzania. Read...
Understanding motives for initiating PrEP amongst adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa and Tanzania. Lees et al. TUPED360. Read...
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