may be a little confusing, since nowadays it sometimes seems to imply something a little more serious than what we intend it to mean in relation to youth in the Church.There are two different types of dating: With casual dating, there is no exclusivity.
The association between inter-generational relationships did not change as antiretrovirals were rolled out across Zimbabwe.
“As far as we are aware, this is the first study to demonstrate an association between increasing partner age and HIV incidence in a representative general-population sample covering pre- and post-ART [antiretroviral therapy] periods,” note the authors.
Incidence was higher in inter-generational relationships (2.56 per 100 person-years) compared to age-homogeneous relationships (1.49 per 100 person-years).
Similar patterns were found when the investigators took into account factors such as area of residence (urban, peri-urban, rural), household income, wealth and orphanhood.
Modelling studies have shown that sexual relationships with older men – or age-disparate relationships – could be a major reason why young women have such high HIV incidence rates.
This is because HIV prevalence is higher among older men than younger men, meaning that young women in relationships with older men are more likely to be exposed to HIV.
“The results from this study provide evidence that age-disparate relationships can be an important contributor to the continued high HIV incidence rates in adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan African populations.” Schaeffer R et al.
Age-disparate relationships and HIV incidence in adolescent girls and young women: evidence from a general-population cohort in Zimbabwe. DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001506 NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional.
Women included in the study were HIV-negative at baseline and completed at least two follow-up visits.