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Rethink HIV: Prevention of the Non-Sexual Transmission of HIV Perspective, Baltussen

Perspective Paper

The contribution by Bollinger (Bollinger 2011) on the costs, effect and cost-effectiveness of prevention of non-sexual HIV infections in Sub-Saharan Africa is an ambitious undertaking. This perspective paper qualifies the merits of the analysis, and puts forward a number of important issues to consider when interpreting its results. We first reflect on the options and limitations of detailed continent-wide analysis in the absence of comprehensive data and then identify a number of analytical shortcomings. We proceed by presenting results from other studies based on country-level analysis, and finally draw a number of conclusions.

Rob Baltussen, Health economics specialist and coordinator of NICHE – the Nijmegen International Center for Health Systems Research and Education, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, and Jan Hontelez, Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Researcher at NICHE wrote a new Perpective Paper for Rethink HIV.