Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

02 August 2012

Changing the way HIV prevention is delivered – a roadmap

via aidsmap, by Roger Pebody

In the last few years there has been a wealth of dramatic data on the efficacy of new HIV prevention methods, including male circumcision, pre-exposure prophylaxis and treatment as prevention. While last week’s 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) didn’t deliver similar headline-grabbing studies, there were important discussions about how policy makers can implement effective HIV prevention strategies.

“We need to start thinking about the populations who are most at risk for targeted interventions,” Nelly Mugo of the University of Nairobi told a plenary session. “Then we will need to prioritize those interventions that work within those populations, and deliver them in combination with high coverage for us to get high impact.”

Speakers at other sessions gave numerous examples of the choices and dilemmas involved at each stage, drawing upon experience in the United States and in African countries.

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