Table 1

Individual and partnership sample characteristics for women 15–24 years old in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (2014–2015)

Individual-level datan=1306
Race: Black African100% (na)
Age (mean)20.7 (20.5–20.8)
Age categories
 15–1932% (29–35)
 20–2468% (65–71)
Grade 12 complete55% (51–59)
Household monthly income*
 ≤R50017% (13–21)
 R501–R250050% (46–54)
Away from home for >1 month last year11% (8–13)
HIV status30% (27–33)
Self-reported as HIV-positive14% (11–16)
Sources of useful HIV information
 <225% (21–29)
 2–459% (54–63)
 >416% (13–20)
Partnership-level datan=1336
Age-disparate partnerships34% (30–37)
Age of male partner
 15–199% (7–11)
 20–2444% (40–47)
 25–2936% (32–39)
 30–349% (7–12)
 35–392% (1–3)
 >400.4% (0.01–0.8)
Partner believed to be HIV-positive3% (2–4)
Nature of relationship
 Casual4% (2–5)
 Spouse3% (2–4)
 Regular93% (91–95)
Partnership duration
 <1 year20% (17–22)
 1–3 years37% (34–41)
 >3 years43% (39–47)
  • Note: 95% CI in brackets.

  • *The sample size with complete data on income was n=1147. 

  • na, not applicable for our analysis.