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Birds of a feather: homophily and sexual network structure in sub-Saharan Africa

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dc.contributor.author Kenyon, C. en_US
dc.contributor.author Colebunders, R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-25T13:39:22Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-25T13:39:22Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0956-4624 en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956462412472455 en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-C1A; ITG-CLA; DCS; U-STINF; U-HIVCLI; JIF; DOI; Abstract; UPD56 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10390/7590
dc.description.abstract Sexual partner homophily is the tendency of individuals to choose partners similar to themselves. The extent and nature of partner homophily influences the structure of sexual networks and hence the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In this paper, we compare homophily by ethnicity, age and educational status in representative populations from five African cities in Benin (Cotonou), Cameroon (Yaounde), Kenya (Kisumu), Zambia (Ndola) and South Africa (Carletonville). We find low rates of homophily by age and high rates for educational status throughout the region. There is a large variation in homophily by ethnicity between these five cities, with rates lowest in Ndola. In Carletonville, there is a gendered difference in homophily by ethnicity. We discuss the possible implications these variations in the extent and type of homophily may have for STI transmission in the region. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Viral diseases en_US
dc.subject HIV en_US
dc.subject AIDS en_US
dc.subject Epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Sexuality en_US
dc.subject Sexual practice en_US
dc.subject Sexual partners en_US
dc.subject Homosexuals en_US
dc.subject Comparison en_US
dc.subject Ethnicity en_US
dc.subject Age en_US
dc.subject Educational status en_US
dc.subject Risk groups en_US
dc.subject Disease transmission, sexual en_US
dc.subject Benin en_US
dc.subject Africa, West en_US
dc.subject Cameroon en_US
dc.subject Africa, Central en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.subject Africa, East en_US
dc.subject Zambia en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Africa, Southern en_US
dc.title Birds of a feather: homophily and sexual network structure in sub-Saharan Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.citation.issue 3 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle International Journal of STD & AIDS en_US
dc.citation.volume 24 en_US
dc.citation.pages 211-215 en_US
dc.identifier.pmid http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23535354 en_US
dc.citation.jabbreviation Int J STD AIDS en_US


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