Sex Transm Infect 78:i106-i113 doi:10.1136/sti.78.suppl_1.i106
  • Symposium

A pilot study of a rapid assessment method to identify places for AIDS prevention in Cape Town, South Africa

  1. S S Weir1,
  2. C Morroni2,
  3. N Coetzee3,
  4. J Spencer4,
  5. J T Boerma5
  1. 1Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  2. 2Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
  3. 3University of Cape Town, Cape Town
  4. 4Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina
  5. 5Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina
  1. Correspondence to:
 Sharon S Weir, Carolina Population Center, Room 304, 123 West Franklin Street, University Square East, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-3997, USA
  • Accepted 30 November 2001


A multidisciplinary approach appears promising for focusing interventions. The PLACE method (priorities for local AIDS control efforts) identifies where prevention programmes can access sexual networks containing individuals with high rates of new partner acquisition and provides information about whether sexually transmitted disease (STD) or AIDS prevention programmes are in place at those sites. The method provides useful information at relatively low cost, regardless of the phase of the HIV or STD epidemic. For example, in the growth phase of an epidemic, information on where people with high rates of new partner acquisition meet new sexual partners could be used to inform targeted surveillance or screening programmes to catch early cases.