Reflecting on Prevention Technologies

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Advances in HIV prevention technologies such as the use of HIV treatments as prevention (TasP) offer new tools in the fight against AIDS. This chapter examines how biomedical devices have morphed into behavioral interventions over the past 30 years. Of particular interest are sterile syringes, condoms, and HIV antibody testing; medical technologies now thought of as behavioral interventions. These highly effective prevention tools have been stymied by politics, misguided policies, poor allocation of resources, and failure to invest in behavioral components to their use. These experiences offer important insights into how treatments could fail as prevention. The chapter concludes with recommendations for avoiding the pitfalls of past prevention technologies.


Injection Drug User Female Condom Needle Exchange Male Condom Prevention Counseling 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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