HIV treatment as prevention

Principles of good HIV epidemiology modelling for public health decision-making in all modes of prevention and evaluation

Wim Delva, David P. Wilson, Laith Aburaddad, Marelize Gorgens, David Wilson, Timothy B. Hallett, Alex Welte

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Abstract

Public health responses to HIV epidemics have long relied on epidemiological modelling analyses to help prospectively project and retrospectively estimate the impact, cost-effectiveness, affordability, and investment returns of interventions, and to help plan the design of evaluations. But translating model output into policy decisions and implementation on the ground is challenged by the differences in background and expectations of modellers and decision-makers. As part of the PLoS Medicine Collection "Investigating the Impact of Treatment on New HIV Infections"-which focuses on the contribution of modelling to current issues in HIV prevention-we present here principles of "best practice" for the construction, reporting, and interpretation of HIV epidemiological models for public health decision-making on all aspects of HIV. Aimed at both those who conduct modelling research and those who use modelling results, we hope that the principles described here will become a shared resource that facilitates constructive discussions about the policy implications that emerge from HIV epidemiology modelling results, and that promotes joint understanding between modellers and decision-makers about when modelling is useful as a tool in quantifying HIV epidemiological outcomes and improving prevention programming.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1001239
JournalPLoS Medicine
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Epidemiology
Public health
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Public Health
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HIV
Cost effectiveness
Medicine
Practice Guidelines
HIV Infections
Cost-Benefit Analysis
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  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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HIV treatment as prevention : Principles of good HIV epidemiology modelling for public health decision-making in all modes of prevention and evaluation. / Delva, Wim; Wilson, David P.; Aburaddad, Laith; Gorgens, Marelize; Wilson, David; Hallett, Timothy B.; Welte, Alex.

In: PLoS Medicine, Vol. 9, No. 7, e1001239, 07.2012.

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Delva, Wim ; Wilson, David P. ; Aburaddad, Laith ; Gorgens, Marelize ; Wilson, David ; Hallett, Timothy B. ; Welte, Alex. / HIV treatment as prevention : Principles of good HIV epidemiology modelling for public health decision-making in all modes of prevention and evaluation. In: PLoS Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 9, No. 7.
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