SHM data in PLoS Medicine: Tracing the roots of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men

05 November 2015

Stichting HIV Monitoring data contributes to PLoS Medicine article

In a paper published this week in PLoS Medicine, Daniela Bezemer, evolutionary epidemiologist at Stichting HIV Monitoring, investigated whether the current resurgent HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men was caused by newly-introduced HIV strains or growth of already circulating strains. The work, carried out in collaboration with researchers from Imperial College London, and Anne Cori in particular, used a combination of phylogenetic analysis and mathematical modelling to reveal that the resurgent HIV epidemic among MSM is the result of several persistent sub-epidemics.

Bezemer D, Cori A, Ratmann O, van Sighem A, Hermanides HS, Dutilh BE et al. (2015). Dispersion of the HIV-1 epidemic in men who have sex with men in the Netherlands: A combined mathematical model and phylogenetic analysis. PLoS Med 12 (11):e1001898.doi10.1371/journal.pmed.1001898

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