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Does Treatment As Prevention Care for the HIV-positive?

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Mark Platt
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Does Treatment As Prevention Care for the HIV-positive?
Posted on: January 30 2014, 02:01 pm

Nice to see our new Chair, Silvia Petretti, getting a good write-up in this thoughtful article.

By: Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.P.H.Professor of Applied Psychology, Public Health and Population Health, NYU

For almost 10 years, I have traveled with a group of graduate students to London, England each January. During the two weeks we spend together, we enact a course of study that examines the HIV epidemic, particularly the medical, behavioral, and social issues that have shaped our battle against HIV/AIDS for the last 30 years, and examine the responses to the epidemic in the United States as compared to the United Kingdom. The UK provides an excellent contrast to the US with its provision of healthcare under the National Health Service, a single-payer system which is entirely funded through central taxation. Despite the radically different approaches to healthcare funding, there are many similarities with regard to the course of the AIDS epidemic in the two countries, including but not limited to the perpetuation of the epidemic in gay and black populations.

Every year, one theme seems to most dominate the course of our studies. This year, much of our discussion and study focused on the emergence and implementation of biomedical technologies to combat the spread of AIDS, namely treatment as prevention and Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). It is the former that provided the most lively and heated discussions for the group and for me provided another perspective on the problems associated with this particular approach.

Conts... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/perry-n-halkitis-phd-ms/does-treatment-as-prevent_b_4632343.html
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Matt Williams
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Re: Does Treatment As Prevention Care for the HIV-positive?
Reply #1 on: January 31 2014, 11:49 am

Ta for the link (and indeed all the other stuff you post, it's very helpful) - matt
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