In this paper we study the global stability of two epidemic models
by ruling out the presence of
periodic orbits, homoclinic orbits and heteroclinic cycles.
One model incorporates exponential growth, horizontal
transmission, vertical transmission and standard incidence.
The other one incorporates constant recruitment, disease-induced death,
stage progression and bilinear incidence. For the first model,
it is shown that the global dynamics is completely determined by the basic reproduction
number $R_0$. If $R_0\leq1$, the disease free equilibrium is globally asymptotically
whereas the unique endemic equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable
For the second model, it is shown that the disease-free equilibrium is globally
stable if $R_0\leq1$, and the disease is persistent if $R_0>1$.
Sufficient conditions for the global stability of an endemic
equilibrium of the model are also presented.