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Type Journal Article - BMJ open
Title Determinants of concurrent sexual partnerships within stable relationships: a qualitative study in Tanzania
Volume 4
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers e003680
URL http://search.proquest.com/openview/f3dc856d3fe111fd85441243f59199ff/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=2040​975
Objective Concurrent sexual partnerships (CP) have been identified as a potential driver in the HIV epidemic in southern Africa, making it essential to understand motivating factors for engagement in CP. We aimed to assess community attitudes and beliefs about relationship factors that influence men and women in stable relationships to engage in CP in Tanzania. Social exchange theory was used for interpreting the data.

Design Qualitative study with focus group discussions (FGDs).

Setting Semiurban/rural communities in four regions across Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Shinyanga, Iringa and Mbeya).

Participants 120 women aged 17–45 years and 111 men aged 18–49 years from four study areas participated in 32 FGDs.

Outcome measures FGD participants were asked the following questions about CP: definitions and types, motivations and justifications for engaging or not engaging, cultural factors, gender and socialisation, and local resources and efforts available for addressing CP. Our analysis focused specifically on beliefs about how relationship factors influence engagement in CP.

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