Sexual networks: implications for the transmission of sexually transmitted infections

Microbes Infect. 2003 Feb;5(2):189-96. doi: 10.1016/s1286-4579(02)00058-8.


The structures of sexual networks are essential for understanding the dynamics of sexually transmitted infections. Standard epidemiological models largely disregard the complex patterns of intimate contacts. Social network analysis offers important insight into how to conceptualize and model social interaction and has the potential to greatly enhance the understanding of disease epidemics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contact Tracing*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Partners
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / transmission*