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Type: Journal article
Title: HIV heterogeneity and proximity of homestead to roads in rural South Africa: an exploration using a geographical information system
Author: Tanser, Frank
LeSueur, David
Solarsh, Geoff
Wilkinson, David
Citation: Tropical Medicine & International Health, 2000; 5(1):40-46
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 1360-2276
School/Discipline: School of Medicine
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Frank Tanser, David LeSueur, Geoff Solarsh and David Wilkinson
Abstract: Summary objective To describe heterogeneity of HIV prevalence among pregnant women in Hlabisa health district, South Africa and to correlate this with proximity of homestead to roads. methods HIV prevalence measured through anonymous surveillance among pregnant women and stratified by local village clinic. Polygons were created around each clinic, assuming women attend the clinic nearest their home. A geographical information system (GIS) calculated the mean distance from homesteads in each clinic catchment to nearest primary (1°) and to nearest primary or secondary (2°) road. results We found marked HIV heterogeneity by clinic catchment (range 19–31% (P < 0.001). A polygon plot demonstrated lower HIV prevalence in catchments remote from 1° roads. Mean distance from homesteads to nearest 1° or 2° road varied by clinic catchment from 1623 to 7569 m. The mean distance from homesteads to a 1° or 2° road for each clinic catchment was strongly correlated with HIV prevalence (r = 0.66; P = 0.002). conclusions The substantial HIV heterogeneity in this district is closely correlated with proximity to a 1° or 2° road. GIS is a powerful tool to demonstrate and to start to analyse this observation. Further research is needed to better understand this relationship both at ecological and individual levels, and to develop interventions to reduce the spread of HIV infection.
Keywords: HIV infection; GIS; clinic catchment; South Africa
Rights: Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
RMID: 0001000327
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-3156.2000.00513.x
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