Medical Institute for Sexual Health
The Medical Institute for Sexual Health hosted a briefing for the Honorable Randall Tobias, Global AIDS Coordinator, Department of State, in Washington, DC on January 8, 2004. In this briefing, entitled “Scientific Evidence for ABC: Addressing the HIV/AIDS Pandemic,” three world-renowned AIDS researchers – Edward
C. Green, PhD; Rand Stoneburner, MD, MPH; and Norman Hearst, MD, MPH – presented evidence on the effectiveness of several HIV prevention strategies, including the “ABC” model developed in Uganda. ABC stands for Abstain, Be faithful, or use Condoms if A and B are not practiced. All three presenters compared the ABC intervention to those based on condom promotion and distribution. Their findings have been adapted for this scientific monograph published by The Medical Institute – Evidence That Demands Action: Comparing Risk Avoidance and Risk Reduction Strategies for HIV Prevention. This monograph provides compelling evidence for the value of HIV prevention strategies based primarily on risk avoidance and secondarily on risk reduction for the areas of the world most severely affected by the HIV pandemic.