Two partnerships are sexual concurrent if they overlap in time.
Same contact rate (5/yr), but the sequence of start and end dates is different Current Partner Count Slide from Dr. Martina Morris -- U. of Washington 1 2 3 4 5 time 1 01 01 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 time 1 2 3 2 1 2 10 1 0
How frequent is the back and forth between partners
Do men report concurrency more often than women?
Not an issue of reporting error
Always more men than women with no partners, so this balances
This changes the connectivity of the network
Asymmetry will lead to less connectivity
Slide from Dr. Martina Morris -- U. of Washington
Implication : Concurrency has threshold impacts on network connectivity Bicomponents in red Hubs and superspreaders are not required for network connectivity Slide from Dr. Martina Morris -- U. of Washington In largest component: In largest bicomponent: 2% 0 41% 5% 64% 15% 10% 1% Mean: 1.74 Mean: 1.80 Mean: 1.86 Largest components Mean: 1.68 Number of Concurrent Partners
“ Everything you discuss here is just the tip of the iceberg” Participant at Swaziland HIV/AIDS Partners’ Forum, 2008 Historical, political, economic processes, and contemporary trends Slide from Suzanne LeClerc-Madlala, U. of Kwa Zulu Natal
Southern African societies are traditionally polygamous, patrilineal and patrilocal Many norms and values rooted in these social arrangements persist and shape the assumptions, expectations and meanings that people bring to relationships. Suzanne LeClerc -- Madlala
Formative Research Soul City One Love Regional Campaign
Regional Programme country partners Slide from Harriet Perlman, Soul City, Regional Programme