Social networks refer to the web of social ties or relationships that exist among individuals. Some common examples of social network members include family, friends, sex partners, drug partners, neighbors, etc. Social network members influence each other’s behaviors because individuals often compare themselves to others (Latkin and Knowlton 2005).
This entry describes network-level interventions which are designed to change the knowledge, skills, norms, and behaviors of a social network rather than a specific person. These interventions capitalize on naturally occurring relationships among individuals.
HIV and Social Networks
The behaviors that increase the risk for HIV, such as having unprotected intercourse and sharing needles, are social behaviors. This means that each behavior involved is often done in the presence of one or more people. HIV is transmitted through risk networks including sex partners or drug partners (Neaigus et al. 1994).
Social network members’...
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