Foundations and Principles

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HIV prevention ultimately depends on people taking action to protect themselves and others from becoming infected. This chapter discusses the behavioral basis for HIV prevention and the principles of behavior change that are most relevant to implementing HIV treatments as prevention (TasP). Behavioral interventions have proven effective at reducing sexual and drug use practices, preventing sexually transmitted infections including HIV transmission, and improving medication adherence. These strategies are essential for integration with TasP and creative theoretical models are needed for combining interventions. The new age of HIV prevention we are entering will also require new principles for TasP including effectively communicating partial protection, reducing risk compensation, maintaining adherence, and capitalizing on teachable moments.


Behavioral Intervention Sexually Transmitted Infection Male Circumcision Female Condom Teachable Moment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for HIV Intervention and PreventionUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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