A number of government and internationally funded programs had focused on condom use and other safe sex practices for preventing HIV/AIDS leaving behind its implications for those who are already infected and feel less concerned. In this study, we assessed if

HIV status is associated with risky sexual behaviours among young (15-34 years) Swazis and how this relationship differed by sex. Measures of risky sexual behaviour included multiple sexual partnerships, consistent use of condom, condom use at last sex, and symptom of STI. Preliminary findings showed a low prevalence of risky sexual behaviour among HIV-positive young Swazis yet they had higher prevalence of ST compared to those who were HIV-negative especially among males. Although this study is ongoing, emerging findings highlight the need for HIV prevention to also focus on the already infected population especially with regards to sexual behaviours to reduce the incidence of HIV and other STIs.

This paper has been presented at:

The International Population Conference (RC41 Side-Meeting – 28 October, 2017), South Africa

National Health Research Conference, Swaziland

CONTRIBUTORS: Kelvin Sikwibele (IHM Africa), Emmanuel Olamijuwon (IHM Africa), Patrick Shabangu (IHM Africa), Bhekimusa Lukhele (IHM Africa), Clifford Odimegwu (WITS University)