, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 189-193
Date: 01 Jun 2013

High Rates of Relationship Dissolution Among Heterosexual HIV-Serodiscordant Couples in Kenya

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Abstract

HIV-1 serodiscordant couples may experience increased risks of relationship dissolution; however, longitudinal stability of these relationships is poorly understood. We determined rates and correlates of separation among 469 serodiscordant couples in Nairobi and found that 113 (24 %) separated during 2 years of follow-up. Couples with a female HIV-1 infected partner (F+M−) and no income were more likely to separate than M+F− couples without income (HR = 5.0; 95 % CI 1.1–25.0), and F+M− and M+F− couples with income (HR = 2.4; 95 % CI 1.3–4.5 and HR = 2.3; 95 % CI 1.2–4.8, respectively). High separation rates may be important for couple support services and for conducting discordant couple studies.

These data were presented in part at the XVIII International AIDS conference in Vienna (2010).