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Table 1 Selected socio-demographic, partnership characteristics and sexual behaviours among sexually active young women (aged 13-20y) (n = 693)

From: ‘It’s because I like things… it’s a status and he buys me airtime’: exploring the role of transactional sex in young women’s consumption patterns in rural South Africa (secondary findings from HPTN 068)

Socio-demographic characteristics Sexually active (column %)
Age of young woman (n = 693)
 13–15 151 (21.8)
 16–20 542 (78.2)
Per capita household consumptiona (n = 693)
 Low 220 (31.7)
 Medium 279 (40.3)
 High 194 (28.0)
Number of household members (n = 693)
 2-3members 87 (12.5)
 4-5members 233 (33.6)
 6-7members 220 (31.7)
 > =8members 153 (22.1)
Type of primary caregiver (n = 692)
 Mother 471 (68.1)
 Father 22 (3.2)
 Brother/sister 65 (9.4)
 Other blood relative 134 (19.4)
Educational level of primary caregiver (n = 692)
 None 176 (25.4)
 Primary 196 (28.3)
 Secondary 164 (23.7)
 Matric or tertiary 128 (18.5)
 Adult basic education 28 (4.1)
Orphan status (n = 684)
 Parents alive 475 (69.4)
 One parent dead 168 (24.6)
 Both parents dead 41 (6.0)
Young women’s perceived food insecurityb (n = 684)
 No 412 (60.2)
 Yes 272 (39.8)
Partnership characteristics and sexual behaviours
Currently have a boyfriend (n = 693)
 No 151 (21.8)
 Yes 542 (78.2)
Sexual partners the past 12 months (n = 660)
 1 520 (78.8)
 2 97 (14.7)
 > 3 43 (6.5)
Age of first sex (n = 634)
 Before 15 years 127 (20.0)
 15 years and above 507 (80.0)
Transactional sex
Transactional sex (n = 693)
 No 596 (86)
 Yes 97 (14)
Breakdown of percentages by money or gifts or bothc (n = 97)
 Sex in exchange for money only 58 (59.8)
 Sex in exchange for gifts only 24 (24.7)
 Sex in exchange for both money and gifts 15 (15.5)
  1. aMeasure of household living standards calculated as low ((ranging from $1.3 to $15.4), medium (ranging from $15.5 to $32.6) and high (above $32.10) as monthly expenditures
  2. bYoung women worried about having enough food for her and her family in the last 12 months
  3. cAmong sexually active young women who responded yes to question on transactional sex