Concurrent partnerships and HIV prevalence disparities by race: linking science and public health practice.


Journal Article

Concurrent sexual partnerships may help to explain the disproportionately high prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among African Americans. The persistence of such disparities would also require strong assortative mixing by race. We examined descriptive evidence from 4 nationally representative US surveys and found consistent support for both elements of this hypothesis. Using a data-driven network simulation model, we found that the levels of concurrency and assortative mixing observed produced a 2.6-fold racial disparity in the epidemic potential among young African American adults.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Morris, M; Kurth, AE; Hamilton, DT; Moody, J; Wakefield, S

Published Date

  • June 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 99 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1023 - 1031

PubMed ID

  • 19372508

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19372508

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0048

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/ajph.2008.147835


  • eng