Early Sexual Debut For Young Girls In Malawi Contributes To Country’s HIV Prevalence

Inter Press Service: Tradition and Poverty Among Drivers of HIV in Malawi
“Malawi, which has a population of 14 million, has an HIV prevalence of 10 percent. Almost a third of the infected are aged below 30. This is in part the result of early sexual debut for young girls, a practice encouraged in parts of the country where girls participate in traditional initiation ceremonies. [In an audio report,] Pilirani Tambala looks at why young Malawian girls are engaging in sex too early and what is being done to discourage the practice” (Tambala, 3/11).