TITLE

Maximising the global use of HIV surveillance data through the development and sharing of analytical development and Sharing of Analytical tools

AUTHOR(S)
Garnett, G. P.; Grossly, N. C.; Boermo, J. T.; Ghys, P. D.
PUB. DATE
August 2004
SOURCE
Sexually Transmitted Infections;Aug2004 Supplement 1, Vol. 80, pi1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
To improve health it is important that care and prevention activities are focused on real problems and real need. Rational decisions about health strategies and interventions should be based on reliable and timely knowledge of the distribution of disease, which is only available with good surveillance. For a disease like AIDS, convincing statistics are necessary in estimating the extent of the spread of HIV and the associated demographic, social, and economic costs. However, there are problems with HIV surveillance: the long latent period means that disease is a reflection of historic rather than current spread; the infection is particularly present where resources for surveillance are limited; and there are biases in who comes forward for testing, be it in anonymous women attending antenatal clinics or those seeking a diagnosis in voluntary counseling and testing.
ACCESSION #
14256983

 

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