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Sustainable Approach To HIV Requires Recalibration, Targeted Response

The Conversation: The HIV pandemic: time to recalibrate and target the weak spots
Linda-Gail Bekker, professor of medicine and deputy director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine at the University of Cape Town

“…For a sustainable response and looking forward to the next era, it will be important to position our responses to HIV within the broader health agenda. … The message is simple: the epidemic is far from over and it’s not time to disengage. … To ensure we have a sustainable approach we need to recalibrate. The [International AIDS Society-Lancet] commission is calling for a new way of doing business that will seek common cause with other global health issues. We understand that the HIV response will need resources. … We need to sharpen the tip of our response. We must put our responses where we get the biggest bang for buck and call on those resources that offer prevention and treatment…” (7/23).