The Geography of Heterosexual Partnerships in Baltimore City Adults
June 6, 2011
HIV/STD risk "is determined in part by sexual network characteristics, which include spatial parameters," the authors wrote. Geography and proximity of partner selection may explain neighborhood-level differences in morbidity for these conditions. The study of the effects of neighborhood factors on HIV/STD transmission in high-density urban areas, therefore, must include an understanding of the geography of partner selection.
Adults reporting one or more heterosexual partnerships were surveyed at the Baltimore site of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system. Spatial assortativity was defined as both partners living in the same or adjacent census tracts and was based on participant report. Locations identified as HIV core areas were those census tracts in the top quartile for standardized HIV/AIDS case rates.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
04.2011; Vol. 38; No. 4: P. 260-266; Renee M. Gindi; Frangiscos Sifakis; Susan G. Sherman; Vivian L. Towe; Colin Flynn; Jonathan M. Zenilman
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