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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 Transmitted Infections.

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.