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A Co-op Experience at BC Centre for Disease Control: Study of Acute HIV Infection in Gay Men & A Non-linear Mixed-effect Logistic Modeling of Seroconversion Panel Data

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 11:00
Dorji Pelzom, MSc Candidate, Department of Statistics, UBC
Seminar
Room 4192, Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall)

Here, I intend to share the co-op experience I gained at the BC Centre for Disease Control, and I will be emphasizing on two projects; the Study of Acute HIV infection in Gay Men, which was initiated to explore the gay men's understanding of HIV testing, their motivations and challenges in taking an HIV test, and the impacts of new testing technologies that are able to identify persons with acute infection, on their testing practices. For this study I will be mainly discussing the data structure and data manipulation issues I faced. The other project was to estimate day of seroconversion and the day of HIV-infection by using a non-linear mixed-effect logistic model on HIV-seroconversion panel data.