What is it about?

Social network characteristics have an important role in understanding HIV transmission among female sex workers. However, our findings also highlighted a dearth of knowledge about the association of structural characteristics of social networks with HIV risk behaviors among female sex workers.

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Why is it important?

HIV risk behaviors are multidimensional and interpersonal interactions occurring in social networks, as well as network characteristics, are critical to understanding HIV risk behaviors and spread of infectious diseases more generally.


I hope this article draws the attention of policy makers and researchers to design, implement, and evaluate rigorous network approaches in prevention and harm reduction intervention that target HIV risk behaviors among FSWs.

Yahya Salimi
Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Social network and HIV risk behaviors in female sex workers: a systematic review, BMC Public Health, August 2018, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-5944-1.
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