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Social Context, Sexual Networks, and Racial Disparities in Rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Adimora, Adaora A and Schoenbach, Victor J (2002) Social Context, Sexual Networks, and Racial Disparities in Rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections. Epidemiology, 13 (6). pp. 707-712.

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Abstract

African-Americans have the highest rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission, including heterosexual transmission, in the United States. Although numerous factors probably contribute to the extreme racial disparity, reasons for its persistence remain poorly explained. Mathematical modeling demonstrates that concurrent sexual partnerships speed transmission of HIV through sexual networks more effectively than does serial monogamy, for the same total number of sexual partners. This paper examines the evidence that the social and economic environment for many African-Americans discourages long-term monogamy and promotes concurrent sexual partnerships, which may, in turn, fuel the HIV epidemic in this population.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: African-Americans, concurrent partnerships, social context, sexual networks, HIV, racial disparity, black
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > HIV/Aids
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Sexual Habits
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2011
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2011 11:30
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/264

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