Social Network Structure and HIV Infection Among Injecting Drug Users in Lithuania: Gatekeepers as Bridges of Infection

@article{Gyarmathy2014SocialNS,
  title={Social Network Structure and HIV Infection Among Injecting Drug Users in Lithuania: Gatekeepers as Bridges of Infection},
  author={Val{\'e}ria Anna Gyarmathy and Irma Caplinskiene and Saulius {\vC}aplinskas and Carl A. Latkin},
  journal={AIDS and Behavior},
  year={2014},
  volume={18},
  pages={505-510}
}
The aim of the study was to assess—while controlling for individual risk characteristics—how certain social network structural characteristics (degree, eigenvector, and betweenness centrality) are related to HIV infections. Injecting drug users (N = 299) in Vilnius, Lithuania were recruited using incentivized chain referral sampling for a cross-sectional study. Sociometric social links were established between participants, and UCINET was used to calculate network measures. HIV prevalence was… CONTINUE READING