The association between inter-generational relationships did not change as antiretrovirals were rolled out across Zimbabwe.“As far as we are aware, this is the first study to demonstrate an association between increasing partner age and HIV incidence in a representative general-population sample covering pre- and post-ART [antiretroviral therapy] periods,” note the authors.Young women in Zimbabwe have an especially high risk of infection with HIV if they have a sexual partner who is ten or more years older, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS.Such inter-generational relationships increased the risk of contracting HIV by approximately 75%.Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.NAM Publications Registered office: Acorn House, 314-320 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP Company limited by guarantee.Modelling studies have shown that sexual relationships with older men – or age-disparate relationships – could be a major reason why young women have such high HIV incidence rates.
Age-disparate relationships and HIV incidence in adolescent girls and young women: evidence from a general-population cohort in Zimbabwe. DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000001506 NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional.
Women with a secondary education were significantly less likely to report an inter-generational relationship compared to women with lower levels of education (a OR = 0.49; 95% CI, 0.36-0.68).
An inter-generational sexual relationship was associated with the older male having a concurrent sexual partner (a OR = 2.59; 95% CI, 1.81-3.70), and there was a trend for this to be associated with higher HIV incidence among young women (a HR = 1.74; 95% CI, 0.96-3.17).
However, the precise impact of age-disparate relationships on HIV risk is not fully understood.
An international team of investigators therefore examined data collected between 19 in eastern Zimbabwe to see if having an older male sexual partner was associated with an increased risk of infection with HIV for women aged between 15 and 24 years.
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