Technology Transfer

Achieving the Promise of HIV Prevention
  • Ronald O. Valdiserri
Part of the Aids Prevention and Mental Health book series (APMH)


Early national plans to prevent and control the spread of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), called for “the implementation of community risk reduction and health education programs to effect behavior change regarding high-risk sexual practices and the use of intravenous drugs.”1(p.454)As a means of furthering prevention efforts, the US Public Health Service plan recommended the dissemination of “research findings” and “accurate information” to other scientists, educational authorities, and organizations serving individuals at high risk for AIDS. When the first Presidential Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic issued its report in 1988, it too called for the implementation of “risk reduction interventions” by state and local health departments as well as community based service organizations.2 State and local health departments were widely recognized as necessary components in the national response to preventing the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) because of their traditional and constitutionally defined role in protecting the public’s health. Community-based service organizations were considered to be essential partners in national HIV prevention efforts because of their unique access to high-risk populations, such as gay men,3 who were often suspicious and mistrustful of government-sponsored health care systems and services, no matter how well meaning.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Technology Transfer Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevention Local Health Department 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald O. Valdiserri
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  1. 1.National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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