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Sustained reductions in sexual risk behaviour following couples’ HIV testing
Roger Pebody, 2017-02-09 07:40:00
A programme of couples’ HIV testing and counselling in
Zambia appears to result in durable reductions in sex without a condom in
couples where one person has HIV and the other does not, according to an
article published online ahead of print in Sexually
Far fewer couples reported condomless sex in the months
immediately following one partner’s diagnosis with HIV than before. Levels of
condomless sex remained stable during up to five years of follow-up, as did
biological indicators of condomless sex such as pregnancy and HIV seroconversion.
“Couples' voluntary HIV counselling and testing should be
scaled up per WHO [World Health Organization] guidelines,” conclude Kristin Wall and colleagues from the
Rwanda Zambia Research Group at Emory University.