HIV status and age at first marriage among women in Cameroon

Adair, Timothy (2008) HIV status and age at first marriage among women in Cameroon. Journal of Biosocial Science, 40 5: 743-760. doi:10.1017/S0021932007002556

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Author Adair, Timothy
Title HIV status and age at first marriage among women in Cameroon
Journal name Journal of Biosocial Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-7599
Publication date 2008-09
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0021932007002556
Volume 40
Issue 5
Start page 743
End page 760
Total pages 18
Place of publication Cambridge
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
920109 Infectious Diseases
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Summary Recent research has highlighted the risk of HIV infection for married teenage women compared with their unmarried counterparts (Clark, 2004). This study assesses whether a relationship exists, for women who have completed their adolescence (age 20–29 years), between HIV status with age at first marriage and the length of time between first sex and first marriage. Multivariate analysis utilizing the nationally representative 2004 Cameroon Demographic and Health Survey shows that late-marrying women and those with a longer period of pre-marital sex have the highest risk of HIV. Although women in urban areas overall marry later than their rural counterparts, the positive relationship between age at marriage and HIV risk is stronger in rural areas. The higher wealth status and greater number of lifetime sexual partners of late-marrying women contribute to their higher HIV risk. Given that the age at first marriage and the gap between first marriage and first sex have increased in recent years, focusing preventive efforts on late-marrying women will be of much importance in reducing HIV prevalence among females.
Keyword HIV
Hiv Aids
Marriage status
HIV risk
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Research Article: Published online by Cambridge University Press 08 Nov 2007

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