New Strategies To Engage Men In Prevention, Treatment Crucial To Controlling HIV Epidemic
The Lancet: Engaging men in HIV treatment and prevention
Adeola O. Adeyeye of the Division of AIDS at the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Michael J. Stirratt of the Division of AIDS Research at the NIH National Institute of Mental Health; and David N. Burns of the Division of AIDS at NIAID
“…[U]nless we move beyond the status quo, the global community will fall far below the goal of ending AIDS. The vital step is implementation … And perhaps the greatest implementation challenge of all is engaging men. … New strategies are needed to improve the involvement of men in HIV prevention and care. … [T]reatment and prevention services that are designed and delivered in a way that engages men and affirms an individual’s masculinity could help. … Men form a crucial link in almost all HIV transmission networks, whether they partner with women, men, or both sexually and as fellow injection drug users. … No one prevention strategy will be sufficient to bring the epidemic under control, nor will focusing efforts on one target population or one gender. We must continue to expand programs to protect adolescent girls and young women from HIV infection, but we must not give up on reaching men. Success in controlling the HIV epidemic depends on it” (12/1).