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From |
"Tom Trikalinos" <ttrikalin@gmail.com> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

Subject |
Re: st: Categorizing HIV status using a series of string variables |

Date |
Mon, 24 Nov 2008 20:17:42 -0500 |

in Stata 10, using your example below // incident seroconverters are value 1 . gen group = (regexm(HIV, "NP") | regexm(HIV, "N\.+P")) // prevalent positives are value 2 . replace group = 2 if !regexm(HIV, "N") // consistently seronegatives are value 3 . replace group = 3 if !regexm(HIV, "P") pretty sure this can become more elegant, but this should work. hth tom On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 7:45 PM, Polis, Chelsea B. <cpolis@jhsph.edu> wrote: > Dear Statalisters, > > I am trying to figure out a way to code individuals as either having incident HIV seroconversion (had at least one negative HIV test, followed by one positive HIV test while under surveillance), prevalent HIV (had one or more positive HIV tests while under surveillance), or HIV-negative (had all HIV-negative tests while under surveillance). > > My dataset is set up as such, where N =negative, P=positive, .=not tested at that round, and I "indeterminate". I want to ignore any indeterminate tests, so I haven't included them here in the examples since I assume I will simply need to replace all "I"s with "."s, but help on figuring out a more elegant way to tweak the code to incorporate this fact would also be most appreciated! > > Study_id HIV1 HIV2 HIV3 HIV4 HIV5 HIV6 > 1 . N . . N P > 2 . . N N N . > 3 P P . . P . > 4 N P . P P P > 5 . . . P P P > > I also have a variable that shows these patterns in one variable, i.e. > Study_id HIV > 1 .N..NP (I would want this to be coded as incident seroconverter) > 2 ..NNN. (I would want this to be coded as consistently seronegative) > 3 PP..P. (I would want this to be coded as prevalent positive) > 4 NP.PPP (I would want this to be coded as incident seroconverter) > 5 ...PPP (I would want this to be coded as prevalent positive) > > These are string variables. Is there a simple formula to use to categorize these women as incident seroconverters, prevalent positives, or consistently seronegative? > > I tried something along the lines of: > gen prevpos=0 > replace prevpos=1 if hiv1==.|hiv1=="P" & hiv2==.|hiv2=="P" & hiv3==.|hiv3=="P" & hiv4==.|hiv4=="P" & hiv5==.|hiv5=="P" & hiv6==.|hiv6=="P" > > But I am receiving type mismatch r(109); > > Your suggestions would be most appreciated! > > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ > * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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