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What Do We Need to Do to "Get to Zero"?

November 21, 2011


Dr. Monique Howard

Dr. Monique Howard, New Jersey Women and AIDS Network, Trenton, N.J.

Even though we say that it's not awareness alone that will prevent the disease, it's skill building and it's passing on information, I think that the key is awareness, still. I think that we need to go back to the beginning of the virus, when it was about educating people that the virus does exist. We're three decades into the virus, and there are still people that I come across that think that it's gone, think that it's healed, that it's not a problem. And so one of the things we have to do first is increase our awareness efforts and then, from there, help people asses their level of vulnerability and their level of risk so that we can move on to the other issues that will decrease the rates and incidence of HIV.

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