Original Paper

AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 921-927

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Migration, Mobility and Sexual Risk Behavior in Mumbai, India: Mobile Men with Non-Residential Wife Show Increased Risk

  • Niranjan SaggurtiAffiliated withHIV & AIDS Program, Population Council Email author 
  • , Stephen L. SchensulAffiliated withSchool of Medicine, University of Connecticut
  • , Ravi K. VermaAffiliated withInternational Center for Research on Women

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This paper examines the relationship of migration and mobility of husband and wife to sexual risk behaviors among married men living in economically marginal communities in Mumbai, India. Non-migrant men reported significantly more often than the migrant men that they had one or more sex partners other than their wives in the last year. Further, men with occupational mobility reported significantly more often than the men who were not mobile that they had one or more non-spousal sexual partners in the last 1 year. Married men living in Mumbai with wives residing in their area of origin and who reported occupational mobility had the highest sexual risk behaviors, controlling for socio-demographic characteristics and migration. Interventions aimed at prevention of HIV among men require special focus on both migrant and non-migrant men with greater occupational mobility, with particular emphasis on migrant men whose wives have remained in their pre-migration home areas.


Migration Mobility Sexual behavior Sexually transmitted infections Men India