Network analysis among HIV-infected young black men who have sex with men demonstrates high connectedness around few venues
Published Date:Mar 2013
Source:Sex Transm Dis. 40(3):206-212.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Surveys And Questionnaires
Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4945956
Funding:CC999999/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
Network analysis is useful for understanding sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. We conducted egocentric and affiliation network analysis among HIV-infected young black men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Jackson, Mississippi, area to understand networks and connectedness of this population.
We interviewed 22 black MSM aged 17–25 years diagnosed with HIV during 2006–2008. Participants provided demographic and geographic information about each sex partner during the 12 months before diagnosis and identified venues where they met these partners. We created affiliation network diagrams to understand connectedness of this population and identify venues that linked participants.
The median number of partners reported was four (range 1–16); a total of 97 partners (88 of whom were male) were reported. All but one participant were connected through a network of venues where they had met partners during the 12 months before diagnosis. Three venues were named as places for meeting partners by 13 of 22 participants. Participants reported having partners from all regions of Mississippi and five other states.
HIV-infected young black MSM in this analysis were linked by a small number of venues. These venues should be targeted for testing and prevention interventions. The pattern of meeting sex partners in a small number of venues suggests densely connected networks that propagate infection. This pattern, in combination with sexual partnerships with persons from outside Jackson, may contribute to spread of HIV and other STIs into or out of the Jackson area.
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