IMC Colloquium Series: "Distributions matter: variability in the numbers and types of sexual partners of female sex workers and the HIV epidemic in south India"

Friday, December 3, 2010
11:30 - 12:30

Ms. Kathleen Deering
BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS


The current study investigates the features of the population-level sexual structure of female sex workers (FSWs) in three districts in south India and their sexual partners, including distributions of FSWs' numbers of sexual partners and sexual partnership patterns. Using a deterministic mathematical modelling approach and empirical data, this study demonstrates how population-level sexual structure influences HIV prevalence, as well as the effectiveness of HIV prevention interventions among FSWs and their partners.