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amfAR briefing highlights roadmap to accelerating an HIV prevention revolution

11 March 2011

UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Paul De Lay speaking at the briefing organised by amfAR entitled "Accelerating an HIV Prevention Revolution: A Roadmap".
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As part of amfAR’s emerging issues series, a briefing was held on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. on 9 March entitled "Accelerating an HIV Prevention Revolution: A Roadmap". Speaking at the briefing, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Paul De Lay stressed the need to scale up combination HIV prevention worldwide.

“Bringing one or two interventions to scale will not suffice to curb the spread of HIV. Rather, we must urgently work to bring multiple prevention strategies to scale simultaneously,” said Dr De Lay. “Like combination antiretroviral therapy, complementary HIV prevention strategies work synergistically when they are combined in a strategic way,” he added.

The briefing highlighted emerging scientific advances in HIV prevention research, innovative community models, opportunities for scaling up prevention programmes, and domestic and global policy implications.

Other panelists at the briefing included Willard Cates, Family Health International, who gave an overview of HIV prevention technologies; Robert Remien, Columbia University, who spoke on behaviour change prevention strategies; and Carl Dieffenbach, Division of AIDS at the National Institutes of Health, who discussed innovative community models for HIV prevention.

Since its inception in 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $325 million into AIDS research and has awarded grants to more than 2 000 research teams worldwide.

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