High rates of relationship dissolution among heterosexual HIV-serodiscordant couples in Kenya

  • Mackelprang R
  • Bosire R
  • Guthrie B
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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.

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  • HIV-1 serodiscordant couples
  • HIV-1 transmission
  • Poverty
  • Relationship dissolution
  • Separation
  • Women

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