The effects of HIV and systolic blood pressure on mortality risk in rural South Africa, 2010–2019: a data note

Brian Houle, Samuel J. Clark, Chodziwadziwa W. Kabudula, F. Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Nicole Angotti, Enid Schatz, Andrea M. Tilstra, Sanyu A. Mojola, Jane Menken

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Objectives: South Africa is experiencing both HIV and hypertension epidemics. Data were compiled for a study to identify effects of HIV and high systolic blood pressure on mortality risk among people aged 40-plus in a rural South African area experiencing high prevalence of both conditions. We aim to release the replication data set for this study. Data description: The research data comes from the 2010-11 Ha Nakekela (We Care) population-based survey nested in the Agincourt Health and socio-Demographic Surveillance System (AHDSS) located in the northeast region of South Africa. An age-sex-stratified probability sample was drawn from the AHDSS. The public data set includes information on individual socioeconomic characteristics and measures of HIV status and blood pressure for participants aged 40-plus by 2019. The AHDSS, through its annual surveillance, provided mortality data for nine years subsequent to the survey. These data were converted to person-year observations and linked to the individual-level survey data using participants’ AHDSS census identifier. The data can be used to replicate Houle et al. (2022) — which used discrete-time event history models stratified by sex to assess differential mortality risks according to Ha Nakekela measures of HIV-infection, HIV-1 RNA viral load, and systolic blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number213
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


  • Ageing
  • Blood pressure
  • HIV
  • Hypertension
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Rural
  • South Africa


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