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Table 3 Needs and Wants categories

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)

Groupings Items Need Want
Personal Enhancement Items Expensive perfume Need  
Hair extensions Need  
Lingerie (fancy underwear (such as Jockey) Need  
Toiletries (scented soap, skin cream, body lotion, powder, roll-on deodorant) Need  
Make-up (eyebrow pencil, mascara, false eye lashes, eye liner)   Want
Cosmetics (Moisturising cream, nail polish (Cutex), skin-brightening cream, lip balm, bag, hair control)   Want
Salon treatment (hairdressing/hair highlighting, relaxing, dyeing, manicure, waxing)   Want
Accessories (watches/handbag)   Want
Jewellery (bracelets, earrings, necklace, gold tooth)   Want
Body piercings (belly-ring nose-ring, tongue-ring, tattoo)   Want
Practical Items Clothes Need  
Ordinary cell phone and airtime Need  
Shoes Need  
Female items (underwear, sanitary pads) Need  
Food, groceries Need  
School uniforms/supplies Need  
Transport to school/work Need  
Birth control/condoms Need  
Expensive Items Expensive clothes (skinny jeans, hlokoloza (mini skirt), tekkies (trainers), branded clothes Need  
Fancy shoes (high heels, Carvela (expensive Italian branded shoes) Need  
Expensive phones (blackberry/camera phone/Nokia/×2)   Want
Expensive foods (chocolate, yoghurt, grapes, restaurant)   Want
Entertainment/leisure Beer/alcohol   Want
Cold drinks and chips, Ultramel (ready-made custard), Lays (potato crisps)   Want
Movies/music and travelling   Want
Pocket money   Want