## Abstract

We study a model for pair formation and separation with two types of pairs which differ in average duration. A fraction f{hook} of all newly formed pairs have a long duration (denoted by "steady"), the remaining fraction 1 - f{hook} have a short duration ("casual"). This distinction is motivated by data about the survival times of partnerships in a sociological survey. In this population we consider a sexually transmitted disease, which can have different transmission rates in steady and in casual partnerships. We investigate under which conditions an epidemic can occur after introduction of the disease into a population where the process of pair formation and separation is at equilibrium. If there is no recovery we can compute an explicit expression for the basic reproduction ratio R_{0}; if we take recovery into account we can derive a condition for the stability of the disease-free equilibrium which is equivalent to R_{0} < 1. We discuss how R_{0} depends on various model parameters.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 181-205 |

Number of pages | 25 |

Journal | Mathematical Biosciences |

Volume | 124 |

Issue number | 2 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Jan 1994 |

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