HPTN 068 Shows No Decrease in HIV for Girls Paid to Attend School

apettifFrom the International AIDS Society meeting in Vancouver:

CFAR Dr. Audrey Pettifor’s HPTN 068 trial did not show a decrease in the number of high school-aged girls in South Africa’s rural Mpumalanga area contracting HIV despite the girls being given cash transfers.

“Cash transfers play a key role in social protection in many settings‚ including South Africa‚ but in this study setting they were not protective for acquiring HIV‚” said Audrey Pettifor‚ Study Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The provision of cash conditional on school attendance has been proposed as an intervention to prevent HIV infection in young women. Read more about the study here.