Teen with old man
We conducted 150 in-depth interviews with adolescents aged 15-20 in Kisumu, held 4 FGDs, and performed 48 observations at places where youth spend their free time. Condom use was neither common nor consistent: "I have four girlfriends.
A relationship with an older man (who is more likely to have a steady income than their age-mates) can provide them with the necessary livelihood support. The main form of HIV transmission is heterosexual sex. After giving me gifts I just felt I should have sex with him." Many of the young women interpreted receipt of money or gifts (like body lotion, soap, underpants and clothing) from their partners as loving gestures.