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August 16, 1995

The Social Organization of Sexuality-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago Chicago, Ill
State University of New York Stony Brook
National Opinion Research Center Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1995;274(7):536-537. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530070031020

In Reply.  —Drs Haverkos and Drotman assert in their second paragraph that our conclusion regarding the negligible likelihood of an epidemic spread of HIV in the heterosexual population rests on a simple network model that relies exclusively on our survey findings that 80% of adults reported no or one sexual partner in the past year and the very low percentages of men and women reporting homosexual or bisexual activity during the same period. This is a gross simplification of the argument and its empirical support in chapters 6 and 7 devoted to the characterization of sexual networks in the United States and its implications for the epidemic, and chapter 11's extended discussion of the correlations of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with numbers of sexual partners and sexual practices.1