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Upcoming debate on concurrent partnerships and HIV infection

By Sarah Arnquist | 09 Oct, 2010

A new paper by two American economists claiming the evidence that concurrent sexual partnerships has contributed substantially to the generalized HIV epidemic in African countries has sparked debate in the HIV prevention community.

The World Bank and USAID will sponsor an online debate around this topic on Wednesday, October 27 from 09:00-11:00 EDT.

You can learn more and register to view the debate here: http://www.aidstar-one.com/resources/calendar/emerging_issues_todays_hiv_resp...

Citation: Sawyers, L and Stillwagon, E. "Concurrent sexual partnerships do not explain the HIV epidemics in Africa: a systematic review of the evidence." Journal of the International AIDS Society 2010, 13:34

A version of the article is available here http://www.american.edu/cas/economics/pdf/upload/2010-11.pdf.

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Julien Eymard MBIA Replied at 4:57 AM, 14 Oct 2010

In our organization we met a family composed of husband and 05 co-wives. The husband is HIV+ and he infects each of his wives and when this disease he takes another. There is no way for him to use a condom and he refuses to make the Hiv test and even to believe he is ill.
I think multiple partners is an aggravating factor in the prevalence rate. Because in Sub-Saharan Africa, people have already risky sexual behavior (no screening, no condom use). When we add to that the multiple partners, sometimes cultural, the prevalence rate can only rise.
In the case of the husband, if he had only one partner, it would not make 05 sick women. And if these women were not willing to marry a polygamous husband, they reduce their risk of infection.

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