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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

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GERRITSEN, Annette A M; MITCHELL, Janine S; JOHNSON, Suzanne M  and  DELVA, Wim. Challenges with using estimates when calculating ART need among adults in South Africa. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2012, vol.102, n.10, pp. 798-799. ISSN 2078-5135.

BACKGROUND: The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) collects information annually on HIV/AIDS service provision and estimates service needs in the City of Tshwane MetropolitanMunicipality (CTMM). METHODS: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) data from the Department of Health and Statistics South Africa (SSA) mid-year population estimates were used to approximate the ART need among adults in the CTMM. RESULTS: According to SSA data, ART need decreased dramatically from 2010 to 2011 and was lower than the number of adults receiving ART. Although the noted difference was probably due to changes in the calculations by SSA, no detailed or confirmed explanation could be offered. CONCLUSIONS: We provide a constructive contribution to the discussion regarding the use of model-derived estimates of ART need.

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