The Mozambican ministry of health estimated from the ANC surveillance Dabrafenib cost system data that the national HIV prevalence in adults aged 15–49 years was 13% in 2001 and increased to 16.2% in 2004 . Recent published results from the first population-based survey, conducted in 2009, showed that the national HIV prevalence was 11.5% (95% CI 10.3–12.6%) in individuals aged 15–49 years . The country has rapidly scaled up the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and it has been estimated that approximately 170 000 people had initiated ARV therapy by the end of 2009, which
represents a coverage of 38% . In order to tailor prevention programmes to distinct populations, local epidemiological data are necessary. The primary objective of this study was to determine the age- and sex-specific community HIV prevalence in adults aged 18–47 years old in an area of southern Mozambique. In addition, the results from the community-based survey were compared with HIV prevalence estimates derived from the ANC surveillance data of the local district hospital. The study was carried out in Manhiça District, a semi-rural area in Maputo Province, in southern Mozambique. Since 1996, the Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM) has been running a continuous demographic surveillance system (DSS) for vital events and migrations. In 2007, there were 160 000 inhabitants PLX-4720 manufacturer in the district
. Currently, the DSS covers nearly 90 000 inhabitants, 36 000
of whom live within a 10-km distance of the centre of Manhiça town, which constitutes the main study area of the CISM. The trends of the demographic indices in Manhiça District have been described in detail elsewhere . The majority of the population is Changana, with a small proportion of the Ronga ethnic MYO10 group. The main occupations are farming, petty trading and employment on the two large sugar cane estates in Maragra and Xinavane. Since 2003, the CISM has collaborated with the Mozambican HIV/AIDS control programme through the establishment and continuous support of voluntary counselling and testing centres at health facilities, the provision of ARV drugs and diagnostic tests, and contributions to the clinical management of patients, among other activities. In addition, several clinical studies have been carried out at the hospital [12, 13]. Estimates from the ANC of Manhiça District Hospital (MDH) showed an HIV prevalence of 23.6% in a study performed in 2003–2004 [14, 15]. However, basic epidemiological data on HIV/AIDS trends at the community level were lacking. The study protocol and informed consent form were reviewed and approved by the National Committee on Health Bioethics of Mozambique and the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona Ethics Committee (Spain). A cross-sectional community-based study was designed to determine the age- and sex-specific HIV prevalence in adults. The lower age limit was thus established at 18 years.