“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).