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Researchers map the sexual network of an entire high school

and other efforts to this select group.

But in the case of adolescents, "there aren't any hubs to target, so you have to focus on broad-based interventions," Moody said. "You can't just focus on a small group."

This also means it matters less which people you reach with your efforts. Networks such as the one seen in Jefferson High are extremely fragile and just breaking one link in the chain any link - will stop that part of the network from spreading any further. If enough links are broken, the spread of STDs can be radically limited.

"The students in this network are not unusual. They are just average students, and not extremely active sexually. So social policies that could help some of them protect themselves from STDs could break a lot of these chains that can lead to the spread of disease."


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Contact: James Moody
Moody.77@osu.edu
614-292-1722
Ohio State University
24-Jan-2005


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