whp volume 13, issue 4, P43-50 2012 DOI: 10.12927/whp.2012.22966 View full text
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Ayesha Kharsany, Mukelisiwe Mlotshwa, Janet Frohlich, Nonhlanhla Zuma, Natasha Samsunder, Salim Abdool Karim, Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Abstract: Background: Young girls in sub Saharan Africa are reported to have higher rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection compared to boys in the same age group. Knowledge of HIV status amongst high schools learners provides an important gateway to prevention and treatment services. This study aimed at determining the HIV prevalence and explored the feasibility of HIV testing among high school learners. Methods: Between September 2010 and February 2011, a linked, anonymous cross-sectional survey was cond…

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