Background and Objectives: The effective rate of partner change is an important variable for determining whether an epidemic of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) occurs. It is essential for understanding the transmission dynamics of STDs. Goal of this Study: The problem of estimating the effective rate of partner change is addressed. Results: Under certain conditions the mean rate of partner change in STD patients estimates the effective rate of partner change in the general population. Conclusion: To estimate the effective rate of partner change in a population, the use of surveys of patients with STD provides a simpler and less costly alternative to population surveys of sexual behavior.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases