HIV transmission risk among sub-Saharan Africans in London travelling to their countries of origin

AIDS. 2001 Jul 27;15(11):1442-5. doi: 10.1097/00002030-200107270-00017.


Migrant black African communities bear the brunt of heterosexual HIV/AIDS epidemic in the UK. This study confirms the close links that exist between UK resident black Africans and their countries of origin. A total of 43% of men and 46% of women visited their home countries within the last five years. While there, men were more likely than women to have acquired a new sexual partner. Previous diagnosis with a sexually transmitted disease, and the use of condoms at last intercourse were independently associated with this practice. This represents a potential risk of HIV transmission, and highlights an area for targeted health promotion within these communities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Africa South of the Sahara / ethnology
  • Condoms
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / ethnology*
  • HIV Infections / transmission
  • Heterosexuality / ethnology
  • Humans
  • London / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Safe Sex
  • Sexual Partners
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Travel*