2013 SEP 2 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Immune System Diseases and Conditions. According to news originating from Baltimore, Maryland, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "This article reviews the current issues and advancements in social network approaches to HIV prevention and care. Social network analysis can provide a method to understand health disparities in HIV rates, treatment access, and outcomes."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Pennsylvania, "Social network analysis is a valuable tool to link social structural factors to individual behaviors. Social networks provide an avenue for low-cost and sustainable HIV prevention interventions that can be adapted and translated into diverse populations. Social networks can be utilized as a viable approach to recruitment for HIV testing and counseling, HIV prevention interventions, optimizing HIV medical care, and medication adherence. Social network interventions may be face-to-face or through social media. Key issues in designing social network interventions are contamination due to social diffusion, network stability, density, and the choice and training of network members. There are also ethical issues involved in the development and implementation of social network interventions."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Social network analyses can also be used to understand HIV transmission dynamics."
For more information on this research see: Social network approaches to recruitment, HIV prevention, medical care, and medication adherence. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 2013;63 Suppl 1():S54-8 (see also Immune System Diseases and Conditions).
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from C.A. Latkin, Dept. of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of Pennsylvania, Baltimore, MD, United States. Additional authors for this research include M.A. Davey-Rothwell, A.R. Knowlton, K.A. Alexander, C.T. Williams and B. Boodram.
Keywords for this news article include: Maryland, HIV/AIDS, Baltimore, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, United States, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Risk and Prevention, Primate Lentiviruses, North and Central America, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Immune System Diseases and Conditions.
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