Governments Overlook Behavior Change in HIV Strategies, Experts Say at AIDS Conference
August 6, 2008
When formulating their HIV strategies, governments worldwide overlook research showing the importance of behavior change in HIV prevention, several experts said Tuesday at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, the New York Times reports.
Also on Tuesday, the Lancet released a series produced in collaboration with UNAIDS that examines how global efforts to control HIV/AIDS cannot succeed without a comprehensive prevention package. The series includes six papers -- which focus on combination prevention, decreasing the infectiousness of HIV-positive people, reducing risky behaviors, structural factors, targeting resources effectively, and the social and scientific movement needed to implement combination prevention -- as well as two commentaries (Lancet release, 8/5). In one of the articles, to be published Saturday, Thomas Coates of the University of California-Los Angeles, wrote, "Behavioral strategies need to become more sophisticated." He also called on governments to ensure that they have put in place "the right programs" to prevent HIV.
Jorge Saavedra, director of Mexico's HIV/AIDS program, said political leaders worldwide need to follow epidemiological and scientific evidence when planning HIV strategies and must involve more men who have sex with men in planning how to reach groups at high risk of HIV. Saavedra added that the world "will lose the fight against HIV" if governments do not follow the epidemiological and scientific evidence (New York Times, 8/6).
The Global HIV Prevention Working Group report is available online.
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