Abstract

An SIS/. SAS model of gonorrhea transmission in a population of highly active men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) is presented in this paper to study the impact of safe behavior on the dynamics of gonorrhea prevalence. Safe behaviors may fall into two categories-prevention and self-awareness. Prevention will be modeled via consistent condom use and self-awareness via STD testing frequency. Stability conditions for the disease free equilibrium and endemic equilibrium are determined along with a complete analysis of global dynamics. The control reproductive number is used as a means for measuring the effect of changes to model parameters on the prevalence of the disease. We also find that appropriate intervention would be in the form of a multifaceted approach at overall risk reduction rather than tackling one specific control individually.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Volume267
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

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Gonorrhea
Reproductive number
Endemic Equilibrium
Global Dynamics
gender
disease prevalence
risk reduction
Condoms
Risk Reduction Behavior
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Stability Condition
Population
Testing
Model
testing
Awareness
Form

Keywords

  • Gonorrhea
  • Mathematical epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Applied Mathematics

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Static behavioral effects on gonorrhea transmission dynamics in a MSM population. / Morin, Benjamin R.; Medina-Rios, Liana; Camacho, Erika; Castillo-Chavez, Carlos.

In: Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol. 267, No. 1, 11.2010, p. 35-40.

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