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STI Online: Supplement on UNAIDS estimation methods and tools

25 July 2008

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UNAIDS will publish the
2008 report on the global
AIDS epidemic on
Tuesday 29 July.

Ahead of the publication of the 2008 Global Report, Sexually Transmitted Infections, a peer review journal for health professionals and researchers in sexual health has published a supplement giving a description and underlying data for UNAIDS estimation methods and tools, as well as analyses on a range of epidemiological issues including quantifying HIV burden in emergencies, the quality of global serosurveillance and a method for estimating averted infections.

UNAIDS will publish the 2008 report on the global AIDS epidemic on Tuesday 29 July. This year’s report will feature updated global and regional epidemiologic estimates on HIV and new trends in the epidemic’s evolution and will provide data and analysis on the 25 UNGASS indicators reported on by countries.

Extract

“While the 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update report noted that the downward adjustments were the result of better data leading to changes in assumptions and thereby estimates, we recognize the need for the highest level of transparency and opportunity for scientific critique.

Since 2004 we have provided detailed descriptions of the tools and assumptions used in generating HIV and AIDS estimates, as well as the data and analyses underpinning these assumptions. This supplement assembles important new data relating to several assumptions used for the new HIV and AIDS estimates. By bringing together a new collection of methodological papers in this supplement, we aim to provide easy access to the scientific basis underlying the latest HIV and AIDS estimates for 2007.”

Read full supplement:

Improved data, methods and tools for the 2007 HIV and AIDS estimates and projections (STI Online. Copyright © 2008 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.)

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Improved data, methods and tools for the 2007 HIV and AIDS estimates and projections (STI Online. Copyright © 2008 by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.)