This report presents the results of a qualitative research study undertaken to examine the impact of alcohol consumption on sexual partnerships and its implications for the transmission of HIV. The study examines individual experiences related to the risk of HIV infection. The overall objective of this study was to provide information to plan effective interventions to reduce HIV transmission in Namibia. The two likely drivers of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that were examined were alcohol consumption and concurrent sexual partnering. The specific objectives of the study were: 1) to explore the structure and content of sexual partnerships by collecting information on sexual histories of individuals, and 2) to examine the role of alcohol consumption in different social contexts and, for bars in particular, the ways in which the context contributes to higher-risk sexual behavior. Overall, the study sought to assess the extent to which alcohol consumption and patterns of sexual partnerships facilitate HIV transmission in Namibia.
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