Measuring prevalence and correlates of concurrent sexual partnerships among young sexually active men in Kisumu, Kenya

AIDS Behav. 2013 Nov;17(9):3124-32. doi: 10.1007/s10461-013-0457-5.


Our objectives were to: (1) compare multiple measures of partnership concurrency, including the UNAIDS-recommended definition and (2) describe the prevalence and correlates of concurrent sexual partnerships among young Kenyan men. We analyzed 10,907 lifetime partnerships of 1,368 men ages 18-24 years enrolled in a randomized trial of male circumcision to reduce HIV-1 incidence in Kisumu. Partnership concurrency was determined by overlapping dates and examined over varying recall periods and assumptions. The lifetime prevalence of concurrency was 77 %. Sixty-one percent of all partnerships were concurrent and factors associated with concurrency differed by partner type. Point prevalence of concurrency at the time of the interview was consistently the highest and UNAIDS-recommended definition was the most conservative (25 vs. 18 % at baseline, respectively). Estimates of concurrency were influenced by methods for definition and measurement. Regardless of definition, concurrent partnerships are frequent in this population of young, sexually active men in high HIV prevalence Kisumu, Kenya.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Black People / statistics & numerical data*
  • Circumcision, Male / statistics & numerical data
  • Educational Status
  • HIV Seropositivity / ethnology
  • HIV Seropositivity / transmission*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Kenya / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance
  • Prevalence
  • Sexual Behavior* / ethnology
  • Sexual Partners*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult