Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
BARCELLOS, Christovam et al. Estimate of HIV prevalence in pregnant women by means of spatial analysis in Southern Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.40, n.5, pp. 928-930. Epub Sep 01, 2006. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102006005000007.
Spatial analysis techniques were used to estimate the interurban differential HIV prevalence among pregnant women in the city of Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil. The estimates were produced through the spatial smoothing of residence pinpoints with live newborns and HIV infected pregnant women for the year of 2003. The overlay of high prevalence areas in city slums was identified. This finding confirms the intensification of AIDS epidemic among poor urban populations, and indicates areas where basic care and educational strategies should be reinforced.
Keywords : HIV; Prevalence; Disease transmission, vertical [prevention & control]; Residence characteristics.