Measuring concurrent partnerships: potential for underestimation in UNAIDS recommended method

AIDS. 2011 Jul 31;25(12):1549-51. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e32834905c4.


Research on concurrent sexual partnerships has been constrained by inconsistent and inaccurate measurements of these partnerships. Recently, a UNAIDS working group recommended a method based on sexual partner histories to improve the measurement of concurrency. Using recent survey data for young adults living in Cape Town, South Africa, we found that this method could result in underestimates of concurrency due to respondents' failure to report additional sexual partners.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / transmission*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexual Partners / psychology
  • South Africa
  • Truth Disclosure