Network analysis among HIV-infected young black men who have sex with men demonstrates high connectedness around few venues-Jackson, Mississippi

Published: March 1, 2011

Background:
Network analysis is useful for understanding sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
•In sociocentricnetwork analysis, all members of a network are interviewed
•Time and resource-intensive
•In egocentric network analysis, not all members of a network are interviewed
•Limited in its ability to accurately identify all connections
•Affiliation network diagrams (which display links between individuals and venues) can be used to maximize information obtained by egocentric analyses by identifying venues that link groups of people
•During 2007, the Mississippi State Department of Health noted increased HIV diagnoses among young black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) in Jackson, Mississippi
•In 2008, we conducted an egocentric network analysis among HIV-infected YBMSM in the Jackson area to understand networks and connectedness of this population

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