The DHS surveys gather information about young people's age at first marriage, sexual debut, knowledge and use of contraception, and childbearing.
Of the 33 million people living with HIV, about a quarter or 8 million, are young adults. An estimated 5,000 young people contract the virus every day. DHS surveys have collected extensive information about youth and their sexual behavior in more than 50 countries.
In many countries, gender inequality remains a fact of life. DHS surveys offer an objective look at the balance of power between the sexes. Women and men frequently have dramatically different levels of education, employment, decision-making powers, and exposure to media.
The DHS Surveys have consistently shown a positive relationship between education and good health, safe practices to prevent HIV/AIDS, lower fertility, greater decision-making abilities, and many other benefits.