Indicator 8.1.2: "Higher-risk Sex ( with multiple partners among all respondents)"


Percentage of women and men aged 15–49 who have had sexual intercourse with more than one partner in the last 12 months.

Measurement Tools

Population-based surveys (Demographic Health Survey, AIDS Indicator Survey, Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey or other representative survey)

What It Measures

To assess progress in reducing the percentage of people who have higher-risk sex

How to Measure It

Respondents are asked whether or not they have ever had sexual intercourse and, if yes, they are asked: In the last 12 months, how many different people have you had sexual intercourse with?

Strengths and Limitations

This indicator gives a picture of levels of higher-risk sex. If people have only one sexual partner, the change will be captured by changes in this indicator. However, if people simply decrease the number of sexual partners they have, the indicator will not refl ect a change, even though potentially this may have a signifi cant impact on the epidemic spread of HIV and may be counted a programme success. Additional indicators may need to be selected to capture the reduction in multiple sexual partners in general. The indicator should be presented as separate percentages for males and females and should be disaggregated by the age groups 15–19, 20–24 and 25–49 years.