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New HIV Prevention Technologies: Challenges and Implications for Social Science

22 March 2012
12:30 - 13:30

Date :

22 March 2012

Time :

12:30 – 13:30

                             Presenter:  Dr Heidi van Rooyen, HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB, HSRC


The last two years have produced unprecedented results in the HIV biomedical prevention field (e.g. HIV treatment as prevention and oral pre-exposure prophylaxis –PrEP— for discordant couples). Many view these developments as marking a “paradigm shift, as being “game-changers” in our global response to the pandemic. While these achievements certainly shift the HIV prevention landscape, our celebrations need to be tempered by the implementation realities and contextual constraints presented by these new technologies. Human beings and human behaviour – which is always complicated – are central to effective uptake of any of these technologies. Successful responses to tackling HIV/AIDS reside not in simple, technical solutions alone, but are more profoundly located in a combination of behavioural, structural and biomedical approaches. Social science and social scientists should be actively engaged in creating and seeking these solutions.

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