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The influence of education in reducing the HIV epidemic

Renee Margevicius and Hem Raj Joshi

Vol. 6 (2013), No. 2, 127–135
Abstract

We use an SIRE (susceptible, infected, removed, and education) model to study and evaluate the effectiveness of Uganda’s education campaigns from the last 25 years in reducing the prevalence of AIDS and HIV infection. We divide the susceptible class into four subgroups with different infection rates due to their differing beliefs on sexual conduct. We use data from Uganda about the epidemic and educational influences to help estimate the infection rates, and then we simulate the model and compare our results to real data from 1996–2007.

Keywords
SIRE model, ABC strategy, mathematical model
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 34K60, 35K55
Milestones
Received: 12 May 2011
Revised: 29 May 2012
Accepted: 22 June 2012
Published: 1 September 2013

Communicated by Suzanne Lenhart
Authors
Renee Margevicius
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH 45207
United States
Hem Raj Joshi
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH 45207
United States