Intervention With Cash Lottery Prizes Cuts HIV Infection by 39% in Young Women in Lesotho
July 10, 2013
Researchers reported that a two-year behavioral intervention aimed at reducing HIV incidence rates among young people in Lesotho was successful in lowering HIV infections 39 percent among young women. The study recruited 3,426 men and women ages 18-32 from 29 Lesotho villages to be in one of three randomly selected groups: a control group that received no intervention, a high-value lottery group ($100 ticket), and a low-value lottery group ($50 ticket). All participants received baseline HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, STI treatment as needed, and counseling every four months. All participants also took HIV tests at 16, 20, and 24 months.
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