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.

30 July 2013

Podcast: Mapping Pathways' San Francisco "Knowledge Exchange Workshop" - More Robust, Better Resourced Behavioral and Implementation Science is Needed!

Jim and Jessica from the Mapping Pathways team have podcasted again!

This new 12-minute podcast (click to listen) was produced by AIDS Foundation of Chicago (a Mapping Pathways partner) and is the fourth in a series of discussions inspired by our new report "Developing Evidence-Based, People-Centred Strategies for the Use of Antiretrovirals as Prevention."

In this new podcast,  Jim and Jessica talk about the recent Mapping Pathways "Knowledge Exchange Workshop" at the beautiful San Francisco AIDS Foundation which included researchers, public health officials, policy experts, advocates, and prevention staffers from the Bay Area. Our report provided the backdrop - and the launch pad - for rich discussion/debate and a series of future-thinking exercises focued on ARV-based prevention strategies and scenario planning. The above pic is an "action shot" from the workshop.

Big take-aways from our two days together include the need for more robust (and better resourced) behavioral science and implementation projects - and for advocacy devoted to both these areas. We have vaccine advocates, microbicide advocates, treatment advocates, PrEP advocates.... it's about time we have some concerted advocacy for behavioral science and implementation science too! Without more attention and adequate funding for these activities - it won't matter how efficacious a biomedical tool proves to be in a clinical trial. Things like PrEP, etc.  need to work in the REAL world - which a clinical trial does not accurately represent .

Here are the presentation slides used during the workshop.

Other podcasts

Click here for previous podcasts on topics like PEP and PrEP.

And please stay tuned for future podcasts on topics like microbicides, the use of treatment for prevention, and more. Feel free to leave comments or questions here, on the podcast itself, of by sending an email to [Content that is linked from other sources is for informational purposes and should not construe a Mapping Pathways position. Please look for us on Facebook here and you can follow us on Twitter @mappingpathways as well.]

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