One of the biggest challenges when looking at HIV/AIDS is knowing that there are concrete steps to be taken to change behaviors and effect reductions in infection rates, while simultaneously knowing that achieving those behavior changes is extremely difficult. PEPFAR, which is heralded nearly universally as a major success in the global effort to put people infected with HIV on effective treatment regimens, has been criticized in parallel for neglecting the issue of new infections. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic organization, is attempting to take that disparity and correct it.
The Gates Foundation has launched an initiative to study behavior among at-risk populations, with the hopes of learning what behaviors can be adjusted, and ultimately to reduce the risk of HIV infection. To read more about the initiative, please see this article from the Brookings Institution.
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