Nov 15, 2019

EPP-ASM and the r-hybrid model: new tools for estimating HIV incidence trends in sub-Saharan Africa

Jeffrey W EatonTimothy B Hallett


Improve models for estimating HIV epidemic trends in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Mathematical epidemic model fit to national HIV survey and ANC sentinel surveillance (ANC-SS) data. We modified EPP to incorporate age and sex stratification (EPP-ASM) to more accurately capture the shifting demographics of maturing HIV epidemics. Secondly, we developed a new functional form, termed 'r-hybrid', for the HIV transmission rate which combines a four-parameter logistic function for the initial epidemic growth, peak, and decline followed by a first-order random walk for recent trends after epidemic stabilization. We fitted the r-hybrid model along with previously developed r-spline and r-trend models to HIV prevalence data from household surveys and ANC-SS in 177 regions in 34 SSA countries. We used leave-one-out cross validation with household survey HIV prevalence to compare model predictions. The r-hybrid and r-spline models typically provided similar HIV prevalence trends, but sometimes qualitatively different assessments of recent incidence trends due to different structural assumptions about the HIV transmission rate. The r-hybrid model had the lowest average continuous ranked probability score, indicating the best model predictions....Continue Reading

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Erythropoietic Protoporphyria
Sentinel Node (Disorder)
Acid sphingomyelinase
Cross Validation
HIV Infections
Disease Transmission

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