Heterosexual anal intercourse among community and clinical settings in Cape Town, South Africa

SOURCE: Sexually Transmitted Infections
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2009
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.C.Kalichman, L.C.Simbayi, D.Cain, S.Jooste
KEYWORDS: ANAL INTERCOURSE, CAPE TOWN, HETEROSEXUALITY, HIV/AIDS, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
DEPARTMENT: HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 6192

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Abstract

Anal intercourse is an efficient mode of HIV transmission and may play a role in the heterosexual HIV epidemics of southern Africa. However, little information is available on the anal sex practices of heterosexual individuals in South Africa. Anal intercourse is reported relatively less frequently than unprotected vaginal intercourse among heterosexual individuals. The low prevalence of anal intercourse among heterosexual individuals may be offset by its greater efficiency for transmitting HIV. Anal sex should be discussed in heterosexual HIV prevention programming.