Sexually transmitted diseases in animals: ecological and evolutionary implications.

  title={Sexually transmitted diseases in animals: ecological and evolutionary implications.},
  author={A B Lockhart and Peter H. Thrall and Janis Antonovics},
  journal={Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society},
  volume={71 3},
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have been generally thought of as a small subset of infectious diseases, rather than as an important group of diseases that occur in numerous species. In this paper, we have (1) briefly reviewed theoretical studies on the dynamics of STDs; (2) documented the distribution of STDs in the animal kingdom; and (3) investigated whether STDs have characteristics which distinguish them from other infectious diseases. The dynamics of STDs should differ from those of… CONTINUE READING
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