|Topic:||HIV Prevention ("No Time to Lose: Getting More From HIV Prevention")|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Committee on HIV Prevention Strategies
Wednesday, September 27, 2000 - 9:00 a.m.
1129 Longworth House Office Building
NO TIME TO LOSE: GETTING MORE FROM HIV PREVENTION
HARVEY FINEBERG, M.D., M.P.P., Ph.D., Provost, Harvard University, and Co-Chair, Committee on HIV Prevention Strategies, Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine
Through 1999, more than 733,000 acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases and 430,000 deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and AIDS have been reported in the United States. Prevention efforts conducted by federal, state, and local government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector have shown considerable success in slowing the rapid growth of the epidemic. However, the demographic face of the epidemic is changing dramatically; this in turn is changing how the nation must respond. Men who have sex with men remain at high risk in many areas. However, racial and ethnic minorities, women, adolescents, and young adults are increasingly affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, recent improvements in the treatment of HIV disease have enabled more people to live longer with HIV and AIDS but have contributed to a growing complacency toward the disease. The promise of a vaccine for HIV remains only a hope, not a reality.
Given these challenges, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requested that the Institute of Medicine convene a committee to conduct a comprehensive review of current HIV prevention efforts in the United States. Specifically, this Committee on HIV Prevention Strategies in the United States was asked to review the HIV prevention efforts of the CDC and other Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) agencies, as well as the efforts of various other public and private sector agencies and organizations, and to examine the changing nature of the epidemic, advances in clinical prevention and treatment, evaluations of public health interventions, and emerging research in the behavioral sciences and its impact on HIV prevention. Based on its review, the Committee has produced a report entitled, NO TIME TO LOSE: GETTING MORE FROM HIV PREVENTION, which sets out a framework for future national HIV prevention activities and suggests institutional roles for the CDC and other federal, public, and private sector agencies.
Accompanying Dr. Fineberg will be his co-chair and other members of the IOM Committee. This briefing is for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released at 11:00 a.m. on September 27, 2000 and is available online, in full, at the Web site of the National Academies Press.