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P3.065 Partner-Concurrency Associated with HSV-2 Infection in Young South Africans
  1. C Kenyon1,
  2. R Colebunders1,
  3. A Buve1,
  4. N Hens2
  1. 1Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerpen, Belgium
  2. 2Hasselt University, Hasselt, Belgium


Objectives While much is known about the individual level risk factors for HSV-2 infection, little is known about why only some populations develop generalised HSV-2 epidemics. This study aims to assess the extent to which partner-concurrency (a factor which operates at both the partnership- and network-level) may be responsible.

Methods We utilised multivariate logistic regression to analyse the relationship between HSV-2 seropositivity and potential risk factors in data from a representative cross-sectional survey of 14–24 year olds from a township in South Africa.

Results The overall prevalence of HSV-2 was 53.3% among women and 17% among men. For men four factors remained significantly associated with HSV-2 infection in the multivariate regression analysis; total number of sex acts, being a migrant labourer, Zulu ethnicity and being HIV positive. For women eight factors were associated with HSV-2 infection; increasing age, partner concurrency (having a partner who had other partners), an older partner, total number of sex acts, using hormonal contraception, Xhosa ethnicity, syphilis seropositivity and being HIV positive.

Conclusion Partner-concurrency is associated with increased HSV-2 seropositivity in women.

  • Partner concurrency
  • sex network
  • South Africa

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