Infection risk along U.S. highways? the case of a 'truckchaser' cruising for truckers

Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Sevil Sönmez, Mona M. Shattell, Richard Rothenberg, Rose Weitz, John Smith

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This article explores potential infection risks linked with trucker cruising along U.S. highways. Specifically, the article delineates the settings and social organization of trucker cruising, examines the structure of sex partnerships of truckers and cruisers, and delves into the unique database of one truckchaser who recorded 4,162 sex interactions with 2,499 different truckers during a 13-year period. Concurrent sexual partnerships of bisexual and particularly straight-identified truckers hold increased potential for amplifying infection risk as they enable pathogens to operate as bridges along disparate geographies, demographies, and epidemiologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-271
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Cruising
  • Infection risk
  • Sexual networks
  • Truckchasers
  • Truckers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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