Sexual partnership age pairings and risk of HIV acquisition in rural South Africa

Adam Akullian, Anna Bershteyn, Daniel Klein, Alain Vandormael, Till Bärnighausen, and Frank Tanser

This study aimed to quantify the contribution of specific sexual partner age groups to the risk of HIV acquisition in men and women in a hyperendemic region of South Africa and found that age of sexual partner is a major risk factor for HIV acquisition in both men and women, independent of one's own age. The study concluded that partner age pairings play a critical role in driving the cycle of HIV transmission.

September 5, 2017
Year of publication
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Journal and research articles
age disparities, age gaps, behavioural risk, HIV acquisition risks, South Africa