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Session on Sexual Risk and Social Networks - Sunbelt 2019 - June 18-23 in Montreal

Organizers: Lindsay Young and John Schneider (University of Chicago, Department of Medicine)

Session Description: The topic of social networks has become the focus of considerable interest among researchers studying sexual risk behavior among a variety of populations including but not limited to men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), sex workers, and adolescents. The network perspective has offered a way to move beyond individual-level analysis to consider the patterns of relationships in which individuals are embedded to better understand flows of influence, social support, and infectious disease transmission. 

In this session, we seek papers that explore the connection between sociometric or egocentric network structure and composition and sexual risks in at-risk populations, such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, people who use intravenous drugs (PWID), commercial sex workers, homeless youth, African American women and others. We aim to feature a wide range of network analytic techniques ranging from descriptive and exploratory methods to stochastic approaches like exponential random graph models (ERGMs) and actor-based models.  We encourage the presentation of both cross-sectional and longitudinal data that is either single- or multi-level. 

Abstracts can be submitted at  Abstracts must be submitted by February 1, 2019.

Lindsay Young, PhD
NIH K99 Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Chicago, Department of Medicine
Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE)

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