Researchers have found a link exists between unemployed women who trade sex for security and increased rates of HIV. Dr. Kelly Austin, who is a Lehigh University assistant professor of sociology, says that the proportion of female HIV cases in those between the ages of 15 and 24 is impacted significantly by unemployment. This is particularly true in Sub-Saharan African countries. This study has found a link between poverty and unemployment in young women to transactional sex with men who are older.
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