Estimating the effective rate of sex partner change from individuals with sexually transmitted diseases

Nico J.D. Nagelkerke, Robert C. Brunham, Stephen Moses, Francis A. Plummer

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: The effective rate of partner change is an important variable for determining whether an epidemic of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) occurs. It is essential for understanding the transmission dynamics of STDs. Goal of this Study: The problem of estimating the effective rate of partner change is addressed. Results: Under certain conditions the mean rate of partner change in STD patients estimates the effective rate of partner change in the general population. Conclusion: To estimate the effective rate of partner change in a population, the use of surveys of patients with STD provides a simpler and less costly alternative to population surveys of sexual behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-229
Number of pages4
JournalSexually Transmitted Diseases
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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