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dc.contributor.authorAitken, Stuart
dc.description.abstractFrom the perspective of certain pathogens (agents that cause disease), sex is an ideal route of transmission between hosts. For tiny microbes, distances between hosts can be vast, and the environments separating them can be hostile. Pathogens crossing those distances might face temperature extremes, ultraviolet light, and many other forces before encountering a new host. Sexually transmissible pathogens are delivered directly to their new host's target organs in a warm, moist, buffered, nutritious medium of genital secretions. In this way, pathogens exploit the sexual behaviour of humans for their own survival. The list of potentially sexually transmissible pathogens is long, but this chapter will concentrate on those that are primarily sexually transmitted and of greater importance in Australasia. For fascinating and complex reasons, the prevalence of particular infections varies widely. Rate of partner change affects transmission through altering the chance of exposure to an infection. In addition, there are more subtle effects on infection risk. For instance, the particulars of someone who changes partners often might also have a high rate of partner change themselves. There will be different transmission dynamics between those with multiple concomitant partners, and those who have the same number of partners in a 'serial monogamy' pattern.
dc.publisherIP Communications
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleSexual Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
dc.titleSexually Transmissible Infections
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
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gro.griffith.authorAitken, Stuart

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