Sex Transm Infect 78:7-12 doi:10.1136/sti.78.1.7
  • Research methods

An introduction to mathematical models in sexually transmitted disease epidemiology

  1. G P Garnett
  1. Correspondence to:
 Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, St Mary's, Norfolk Place, London W2 1PG, UK; 
  • Accepted 18 December 2001


Mathematical models serve a number of roles in understanding sexually transmitted infection epidemiology and control. This article seeks to provide the non-mathematician with a description of their construction and use and presents illustrative examples from sexually transmitted infection epidemiology.