We formulate and analyze a model for an infectious disease which does not
cause death but for which infectives remain infective for life. We derive the basic reproductive
number $R_0$ and show that there is a unique globally asymptotically stable equilibrium,
namely the disease - free equilibrium if $R_0 < 1$ and the endemic equilibrium if $R_0 > 1$.
However, the relation between the basic reproductive number, the mean age at infection,
and the mean life span depends on the distribution of life spans and may be quite different
from that for exponentially distributed life spans or very short infective periods.