My Friend’s Place and USC Partner to Prevent the Spread of HIV
USC researchers have teamed up with My Friend’s Place to address a public-health problem—the spread of HIV—using an unlikely method: mathematics.
According to USCNews, relying on word-of-mouth advocacy among the social connections of homeless youth, USC computer scientists created an algorithm that can pinpoint the best person to spread the word while accounting for uncertainties in that person’s social circle. As social workers confirm the person’s friendships, the algorithm gets smarter and its answers are improved.
The algorithm results in about 60 percent more information being spread, USC researchers said.
Homelessness affects about 2 million people, ages 13-24, every year in the United States. Of them, 11 percent are HIV-positive; that’s 10 times the rate of infection in the general population.
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