Mostly Biomathematics Lunchtime Seminar

Harnessing the Flexibility of Agent-Based Models to Inform and Evaluate the HIV/AIDS Response in sub-Saharan Africa

Speaker: Anna Bershteyn, Department of Population Health, NYU Langone

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1314

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 12:30 p.m.


In response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, multi-pronged approach to HIV prevention and treatment has been deployed. Components include scale-up of voluntary medical male circumcision, testing and counseling followed by universal eligibility for HIV treatment, and pre-exposure prophylaxis for high-risk populations. We will explore how combinations of interventions can be flexibly incorporated into an agent-based network transmission model for rapid evaluation of the HIV/AIDS response, the role of population heterogeneities in risk and in health care engagement, and implications for future tools such as long-acting prophylaxis and vaccines.