This network configuration may have explained the relatively low HIV transmission levels.
In contrast, HIV persons in New York City, NY occupied central positions within their needle-sharing and sexual risk networks, which helped explain the high observed levels of infection. Sexual networks and partner selection help explain racial differences in HIV/STD infection rates.
Sexual networks are distinct from, but often overlap with social networks. Sexual partner networks in the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
The different ways persons select partners affect how quickly HIV/STDs can spread.
Additionally, CBOs should distinguish between traditionally-defined “risk groups” and those individuals with the very highest levels of risk to focus resources on them. In many settings, identification of partners may be impossible.