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Empower

Enhancing Methods of Prevention and Options for Women Exposed to Risk

The EMPOWER study investigated combination prevention packages (including PrEP) for adolescent women in Tanzania and South Africa, particularly for women at risk of gender based violence (GBV).

The study involved almost 500 adolescent girls and young women across both countries. It aimed to identify young women attending HIV prevention services who experience GBV, to offer counselling and link them to care. The study also offered support to young women to incorporate and sustain PrEP use within their sexual partnerships.

Half the participants were randomised to participate in four monthly EMPOWER clubs that offered skills building for communication and conflict resolution.

The study was led by the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI) of South Africa, in partnership with the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).

AIDS2018 presentations

  • PrEP, gender-based violence and adolescent combination prevention in South Africa and Tanzania, Dr Sinead Delany Moretlwe, Research Director Wits RHI. Read...
  • Empowerment clubs did not increase PrEP continuation among adolescent girls and young women in South Africa and Tanzania – Results from the EMPOWER randomised trial, Dr Sinead Delany-Moretlwe, EMPOWER. Read...
  • Integrating gender-based violence screening and support into HIV counselling and testing for adolescent girls and young women accessing PrEP in South Africa and Tanzania - experiences from the EMPOWER study,Dr Manuela Colombini, EMPOWER. Read...

AIDS2018 Posters

Understanding motives for initiating PrEP amongst adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in South Africa and Tanzania. Lees et al. TUPED360. Read...

Early findings

Presented at AIDS Impact 2017:

  • The feasibility and acceptability of gender-based violence screening in HIV counselling and testing services and linkage to care for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa. Abstract. Read…
  • EMPOWER clubs for young women using oral PrEP as part of an HIV prevention package. What we have learned so far. Abstract. Read…
  • Motivations for initiating PrEP: a qualitative study among adolescents and young women in Johannesburg, South Africa. Abstract. Read…
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