Online Tools for HIV Estimations
New online decision-making tools hold substantial allure and promise as more efficient mechanisms for HIV planners and policy-makers. They of course can complement the resources that HIV planners have long relied upon, from time-tested epidemiologic data to the Ryan White Services Report (RSR) client-level data system, which has more recently established its role in documenting trends, health outcomes, and gaps in care for persons receiving Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) services.
As for emerging and promising technology tools, below is a small collection that recently came to our attention.
- The IAS 2019 abstract, Estimating plausible ranges on the scale of implementation for evidence-based HIV/AIDS interventions in the US (TUPDD0204), summarizes a simulation model to estimate the potential impact of a set of evidence-based HIV interventions (e.g., PrEP, antiretroviral therapy engagement).
- CDC has funded a set online tools to estimate both incidence and the potential impact of various interventions, including one on Hepatitis C and another to estimate the number of persons indicated for PrEP. These resources are neatly summarized in a July 2019 NACCHO news item.