Since older men might have more sexual experience than the young women, their odd of getting infected is high .
Survey participants were selected randomly from five preparatory schools whereas ten in-depth interview participants were recruited by a snowball sampling technique from the same schools.
Data were entered using Epi-Info and analyzed by SPSS.
Therefore, HIV prevention programs shall focus on transactional sex among adolescent school girls to halt transmission of HIV among the generation.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) epidemic updated report of 2015, an estimated of 36.7 million people were infected by HIV worldwide.
Girls who were in older age group [OR (CI) 6.87 (3.48-13.58)], who had lost both parents [OR (CI) 2.99 (1.14-7.84)], had perceived less economic status [OR: 25.41; 95% CI: 7.80-82.76] and engaged in substance abuse [OR (CO) 5.8 (2.1-15.77)] had higher odds of practicing transactional sex with “sugar daddies”.
In-depth interviewed participants also revealed that they were involved in transactional sex for monetary while having concurrent and subsequent sexual network with their schoolmates and other young partners. Transactional sex among female students was high, and the sexual network they had with the young men put young people in the network at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
The sample size was calculated using single population proportion formula with assumptions of 95% level of confidence, 5% margin of error, and 25% proportion of TS with “sugar daddies” .
Design effect of 2 and an addition of 10% for possible nonresponse constituted a total sample size of 634.
Thus, this study aimed to assess the magnitude and factors associated with transactional sex among adolescent girls and “sugar daddies” in relation to HIV/AIDS. Mixed method cross-sectional study was done among 620 female students in Hawassa town, South Ethiopia, from September 2010 to May 2011.
A structured questionnaire and in-depth interview check list were used to collect the quantitative and qualitative data, respectively.
The town is one of the most popular resort areas in Ethiopia visited by many foreigners and national tourists.