The effect of recent migration on sexual partnership among women interviewed at sites known as meeting places in Burkina Faso

Maria Khan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lisanne Brown, Tulane University
Nicolas Nagot, Centre Muraz
Sharon Weir, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The effect of migration on sexual partnership was assessed among 436 women interviewed while socializing at a sample of sexual meeting sites in Burkina Faso. Mobility prevalence varied; depending on the study town 7-22% were visiting the study area at the time of the interview and 9-60% had lived in the area for less than one year. There was a strong association between migration and partnership at formal sites (i.e., bars, clubs), where women who migrated within the past year had a higher mean number of partners than non-migrants (12 and 2, respectively) and, according to an ordinal logistic regression model controlling for age, education and employment, had 4.0 times the odds of having 2 or more partners. At other sites, migration was not associated with increased partnership. Condom promotion focused in formal sites would protect vulnerable mobile women, as well their partners, from infection.

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Presented in Poster Session 4