Addressing Gender and Intergenerational Sex

The factors influencing the practice of multiple and concurrent sexual partnerships (MCP) are complex, involving gender inequity, intergenerational sexual partnerships (sexual relationships between individuals 10 or more years apart in age), and transactional sex (the practice of exchanging sex for financial or lifestyle rewards). Young women in sub-Saharan Africa are especially vulnerable to participating in transactional and intergenerational sex due to their social and economic status. These practices also make young women especially vulnerable to acquiring HIV. The resources in this section of the Toolkit provide insight into the context and cultural beliefs surrounding social norms, gender roles and age as factors contributing to MCP.