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Serodiscordant Couples in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Do Survey Data Tell Us?

In response to growing evidence that married or cohabitating serodiscordant couples are an important source of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa, programs are being urged to target prevention efforts to married or cohabitating serodiscordant couples. Implicit in these recommendations is the assumption that serodiscordant couples are an identifiable population for whom prevention efforts can be specifically tailored. This paper uses final reports and secondary data analyses from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and AIDS Indicator Surveys (AIS) from 10 sub-Saharan African countries to explore the dynamics of serodiscordancy and characteristics of serodiscordant couples that might distinguish them from the general population.