HIV status, knowledge low among heterosexual South African couples

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Less than half of men in a high-risk South African township knew whether their partners had ever been tested for HIV, and women weren’t much more informed, according to a survey of heterosexual couples. This should encourage efforts to improve HIV testing among women and HIV disclosure among women in heterosexual partnerships, the authors conclude. Almost 20 percent of South African adults ages 15 to 49 years old were HIV positive in 2012, but social norms and other barriers discourage people from getting tested and disclosing their status, the authors note.
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