Emerging Issues in Today's HIV Response Debate Series

Debate Two: Behavior Change for HIV Prevention


The second debate in the USAID and World Bank-sponsored Emerging Issues in Today’s HIV Response Debate Series was based on the following proposition: “Behavior change in generalized epidemics has not reduced new HIV infections and is an unwise use of HIV prevention resources.”

Dr. Ward Cates, President for Research at FHI, moderated the debate. Dr. Myron Cohen, J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dr. Francois Venter, Senior Director of the Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit at the University of Witwaterstrand, affirmed the proposition. Opposing the proposition were Drs. Daniel Low-Beer, Director of Performance, Impact, and Effectiveness at the Global Fund, and James Shelton, Science Advisor for the Bureau for Global Health, USAID.

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