Journal of Biosocial Science

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SEXUAL NETWORKS AND THE TRANSMISSION OF HIV IN LONDON


MELISSA PARKER a1 1 , HELEN WARD a1 and SOPHIE DAY a1
a1 Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London

Abstract

This paper discusses ways in which empirical research investigating sexual networks can further understanding of the transmission of HIV in London, using information from a 24-month period of participant observation and 53 open-ended, in-depth interviews with eighteen men and one woman who have direct and indirect sexual links with each other. These interviews enabled the identification of a wider sexual network between 154 participants and contacts during the year August 1994-July 1995. The linked network data help to identify pathways of transmission between individuals who are HIV+ and those who are HIV−, as well as sexual links between ‘older’ and ‘younger’ men, and with male prostitutes. There appears to be considerable on-going transmission of HIV in London. The majority of participants reported having had unprotected anal and/or vaginal sex within a variety of relationships. The implications of these findings for policies designed to prevent the transmission of HIV are discussed.



Footnotes

1 Present address: Department of Human Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK.