Sexually transmitted infections in polygamous mating systems.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences
The Royal Society
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are often associated with chronic diseases and can have severe impacts on host reproductive success. For airborne or socially transmitted pathogens, patterns of contact by which the infection spreads tend to be dispersed and each contact may be of very short duration. By contrast, the transmission pathways for STIs are usually characterized by repeated contacts with a small subset of the population. Here we review how heterogeneity in sexual contact patterns can influence epidemiological dynamics, and present a simple model of polygyny/polyandry to illustrate the impact of biased mating systems on disease incidence and pathogen virulence.
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
European Research Council (ERC)
Open access article. Please cite the published version available from the Royal Society web site by following the DOI above.
March 2013, Volume: 368 Issue: 1613
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