PT - JOURNAL ARTICLE
AU - Bao, Le
AU - Raftery, Adrian E
TI - A stochastic infection rate model for estimating and projecting national HIV prevalence rates
AID - 10.1136/sti.2010.044529
DP - 2010 Dec 01
TA - Sexually Transmitted Infections
PG - ii93--ii99
VI - 86
IP - Suppl 2
4099 - http://sti.bmj.com/content/86/Suppl_2/ii93.short
4100 - http://sti.bmj.com/content/86/Suppl_2/ii93.full
SO - Sex Transm Infect2010 Dec 01; 86
AB - Background Every 2 years, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) produces probabilistic estimates and projections of HIV prevalence rates for countries with generalised HIV/AIDS epidemics. To do this they use a simple epidemiological model and data from antenatal clinics and household surveys. The estimates are made using the Bayesian melding method, implemented by the incremental mixture importance sampling technique. This methodology is referred to as the ‘estimation and projection package (EPP) model’. This has worked well for estimating and projecting prevalence in most countries. However, there has recently been an ‘uptick’ in prevalence in Uganda after a long sustained decline, which the EPP model does not predict.Methods To address this problem, a modification of the EPP model, called the ‘r stochastic model’ is proposed, in which the infection rate is allowed to vary randomly in time and is applied to the entire non-infected population.Results The resulting method yielded similar estimates of past prevalence to the EPP model for four countries and also similar median (‘best’) projections, but produced prediction intervals whose widths increased over time and that allowed for the possibility of an uptick after a decline. This seems more realistic given the recent Ugandan experience.