Men's Multiple Sexual Partnerships in 15 Sub-Saharan African Countries: Sociodemographic Patterns and Implications
Article first published online: 5 MAR 2010
© 2010 The Population Council, Inc.
Studies in Family Planning
Volume 41, Issue 1, pages 1–17, March 2010
How to Cite
Bingenheimer, J. B. (2010), Men's Multiple Sexual Partnerships in 15 Sub-Saharan African Countries: Sociodemographic Patterns and Implications. Studies in Family Planning, 41: 1–17. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2010.00220.x
- Issue published online: 5 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 5 MAR 2010
Men's multiple sexual partnerships contribute to the spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, but the social determinants of these relationships remain poorly understood. Prevailing wisdom suggests that men's institutionalized authority over women and their control of economic resources are key facilitators of multiple partnerships in this region. Men's exposure to or freedom from social control mechanisms embedded in family and village life may also play a role. This article provides insight into these issues by examining sociodemographic correlates of men's multiple sexual partnerships using data from recent Demographic and Health Surveys in 15 sub-Saharan African countries. The prevalence of self-reported multiple partnerships varies widely among countries. Sociodemographic patterns of such partnerships confirm the importance of men's control of economic resources and suggest that men's freedom from social control mechanisms may be more important than their authority over their wives.