“Lancet” examines HIV prevention strategies

The Kaiser Network reports that the Lancet, a prestigious medical journal, has recently published an article on biomedical approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention.  Here’s their overview:

Biomedical Interventions To Prevent HIV Infection: Evidence, Challenges and Way Forward“: Nancy Padian of the Women’s Global Health Imperative and colleagues examine biomedical HIV prevention methods, including vaccines, male condoms, male circumcision, treatment of sexually transmitted infections and antiretroviral compounds. According to the authors, research on “biomedical interventions poses formidable challenges,” and “[d]ifficulties with product adherence and the possibility of sexual disinhibition are important concerns.” They add that biomedical interventions “will need to be part of an integrative package that includes biomedical, behavioral and structural interventions” and that “[a]ssesment of such multicomponent approaches with moderate effects is difficult. Issues to be considered include the nature of control groups and the effect of adherence on the true effectiveness of the intervention” (Padian et al., Lancet, 8/16).

The full text of the article is available here on the Lancet website.  You have to register to get access to it, but registration is free.

Advertisements

~ by h.e.g. on August 18, 2008.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: