Linking Alcohol Use with HIV Risk Behavior and HIV Prevalence Among Beer Hall Patrons in Harare, Zimbabwe

Sponsor: US National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Protocol Summary: In Harare, beer halls are among the few affordable recreation venues for men in low to medium income neighborhoods. They are well attended and ubiquitous institutions serving men’s needs for socializing and networking with friends and relatives. However, they are also locations where sexual risk behavior often unfolds. This study explored the associations between HIV infection, alcohol use, and high risk sexual behavior by collecting biological and behavioral data from a cross-sectional sample of beer hall patrons as part of a randomized community-based HIV prevention trial targeting men. Participants were recruited from 43 drinking venues in working-class neighborhoods across greater Harare.

Years: 2007 – 2008

Investigator: Katherine Fritz, PhD, MPH

Location: Spilhaus CRS


Completed Study


Fritz K, McFarland W, Wyrod R, Chasakara C, Makumbe K, et al. (2011) Evaluation of a peer network-based sexual risk reduction intervention for men in beer halls in Zimbabwe: results from a randomized controlled trial. AIDS Behav; 15(8): 1732-44.

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