Public health strategies include keeping the STD epidemic from
spreading from core transmitters into the general population.
The most common core transmitters are sex workers of either
STDs are usually spread from core transmitters to the general
population by people who have sex with both groups. For example,
men who interact with sex workers are likely to acquire an STD
infection. If infected, those men can transmit the infection
to their partners at home.
Other examples of core transmitters can include truck drivers
and military men. Sexually active, unmarried youth also tend
to fuel the STD epidemic because many of them change partners
Designing STD control programs that target core transmitters
without stigmatizing such individuals is a challenge.