National HIV estimates file
Every year, the UNAIDS secretariat compiles estimates of HIV prevalence from countries. The estimates are based on national Spectrum files that are developed and maintained by a country team of experts. UNAIDS has made these files public to allow greater transparency in how the global estimates are derived. Permission to make the files public was requested from countries in May 2016. Some countries have chosen not to share the files or have not created Spectrum files in 2016. Those countries are listed on the right. The data from these files are referred to as UNAIDS 2016 estimates as the year of the round of estimates, but the final year of data entered into the files is as of December 2015. The files should be viewed in Spectrum version 5.4 which requires Java 8 (www.java.com) to run properly.
Do not use the results beyond the year 2015. Those projections are heavily influenced by the projected ART and PMTCT coverage that the country team has included in the file. In some instances it will be based on national coverage targets and in other instances it is just a scenario that the team was working on when they submitted the files. UNAIDS does not review the data inputs for the years 2016 and beyond and does not vouch for their realisticness or accuracy.
The Spectrum files are complex and should only be used by individuals who are familiar with the software and the process of creating the files.
To gain access to the files please complete the below form. The UNAIDS secretariat manages access to the country files on the basis of the proposed objective of their use by the applicant. We highly recommend that any researcher using these files contact the estimates team in the countries to be included in their analysis to identify a suitable co-author. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with the country teams. In addition, we recommend that manuscripts published based on the use of these files should be shared with the countries included in any analysis before publication. As a courtesy, please send a copy to email@example.com as well.
If you simply need the data produced by these files please visit http://aidsinfo.unaids.org
There are important instructions on how to use the results from the files in the attached document. Please read this document on the principles of using the data before using the estimates files.
For any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Common principles for using the national Spectrum files
(please read before using files)
- Quickstart guide for using Spectrum
- FAQs on HIV estimates methodology
- Avenir Health website
- UNAIDS Reference Group on Estimates, Modelling and Projections
Countries not available for download
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Czech Republic
- Democratic People's Republic of Korea
- Iran (Islamic Republic of)
- Lao People's Democratic Republic
- New Zealand
- Republic of Korea
- Russian Federation
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom
- United States of America