Commentary & Opinion
HIV Combination Prevention Programs Should Be Evidence-Based, Lancet Opinion Piece Says
February 13, 2009
"Effective public health must be grounded in evidence and prioritize what is most effective," Daniel Halperin of the Harvard School of Public Health writes in a Lancet opinion piece. Halperin discusses a November 2008 Lancet opinion piece, written by Michael Merson of the Duke Global Health Institute and colleagues, that argued that HIV prevention cannot be limited to "just one or two stand-alone interventions." Halperin agrees that HIV prevention can include many diverse interventions such as "harm reduction for injecti[on] drug users, consistent condom use, empowerment of sex workers, and the need to address sexual coercion, gender-based violence and homophobia," In addition, there is "strong evidence" that partner reduction and male circumcision are effective HIV interventions, although these strategies are not "magic bullet solutions," Halperin writes.
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