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Brewer, D. D., Rothenberg, R. B., Potterat, J. J., Brody, S., & Gisselquist, D. (2004). HIV epidemiology in sub-Saharan Africa: rich in conjecture, poor in data (reply to letter by Boily et al.). International Journal of STD & AIDS, 15, 63-65.

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Boily and colleagues criticized our (Brewer et al., 2003, Int. J. STD & AIDS) interpretations of the lack of population-level correlation between sexual risk behavior and HIV prevalence and our view of the structure of sexual networks in Africa.  In this letter, we highlight their conjectures, offer additional empirical evidence undermining the sexual transmission hypothesis, and specify the research designs necessary for adequate evaluation of different modes of HIV transmission.

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