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tested for HIV within the past 12 months using Kenya DHS [message #12599] Tue, 20 June 2017 14:46 Go to next message
catherine3h is currently offline  catherine3h
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To Whom It May Concern: I am conducting an analysis looking at predictors of HIV testing within the past 12 months using the female Kenya DHS dataset from 2008-09. I am seeking help deciding on how to construct my final dependent outcome variable. The descriptive statistics / responses to the questions "when were you last tested for HIV" (v781) contain a lot of missing data. I suspect this is largely due to a skip pattern...For example if women have never heard of HIV or have never been tested for HIV, than they were not asked the timing question. However, the way that the variable is coded in the dataset, there are simply categories for tested in the previous 12 months, tested between 12-23 months ago, tested prior to 24 months ago or missing. I cannot decipher between actual missing data and cases where the skip pattern applied and some of the respondents did not need to be asked that question because it was not applicable. I am wondering if I should construct my final outcome variable as 1=tested within the past 12 months; 0=tested prior to 12 months ago;missing=missing. Or, if I should construct my final outcome variable as 1=tested within the past 12 months and 0=tested prior to 12 months ago & missing. The later approach retains all of the observations within the dataset. I know that this decision is related to the population that I want to examine. But I am wondering 1) How I can distinguish between missing and not applicable as I described above and 2) Is there a recommendation of how I should treat this variable in my final analysis? Thank you.
Re: tested for HIV within the past 12 months using Kenya DHS [message #12671 is a reply to message #12599] Wed, 28 June 2017 21:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Liz-DHS
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Dear User,
If you look at your weighted frequencies for each recode variable you are using in your analysis, you will see the labels for missing and NOTAPPL.
For further information on recode variables, please refer to the Standard Recode Manual http:// www.dhsprogram.com/publications/publication-dhsg4-dhs-questi onnaires-and-manuals.cfm
If you have additional questions, please feel free to post again.
Thank you!
Re: tested for HIV within the past 12 months using Kenya DHS [message #12836 is a reply to message #12671] Thu, 20 July 2017 15:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Roselync is currently offline  Roselync
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Dear DHS team and colleagues,
I am doing a study on the determinants of HIV seropositivity among women in Malawi using the MDHS 2010.My outcome variable is mothers HIV test result which would be expressed as a dichotomus variable (Positive or other).My first question is can the individual recode dataset be well suited for my study? I also came across the variable s1317 in the same dataset.Is it okey to use this variable as the outcome variable(HIV SEROPOSITIVITY)? Your assistance will be highly appreciated.

Thanks,
Rose
Re: tested for HIV within the past 12 months using Kenya DHS [message #12849 is a reply to message #12836] Mon, 24 July 2017 03:22 Go to previous message
Roselync is currently offline  Roselync
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Registered: December 2016
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Dear DHS team and collegues,
I wanted to your assistance on which data set and variable I can use to extract the prevalance of HIV FOR MOTHERS(12.9%) in Malawi USING 2010 MDHS.Your favourable assistance will be highly appreciated

Regards,
Rose
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