Public Health and HIV Prevention Efforts

Public Health and HIV Prevention Efforts

January 21, 2020 2 By Jose Scott


When HIV was first
recognized in the mid 1980’s, communities throughout the world did anything they could to help people not get HIV. They changed their
sexual behavior. They tried to have
people get HIV tested. They had campaigns
communicating to people about how they could
protect themselves. Almost anything that
people did were being used to help mobilize people
and make a difference. After a few years we
gathered more information about what were the
more effective ways of actually preventing HIV and those have been spread
throughout the world. Those of us in the
United States have learned from many other countries, and
other countries have learned from some of the advancements
that we’ve had in the U.S. But increasingly we’re
recognizing that some of the interventions that we
have are not only more effective than others, but per
the amount of dollar that we put towards them can
actually prevent more infections than others. And our job in public health
is to put these together in the most effective way so
that when we’re given resources from the American people, we can say we’ve prevented the
most HIV infections possible with the resources that
you’ve provided to us. That’s our job.