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Emerging Issues in Today's HIV Response

Sponsor: Human Development Network

With leading donor countries emerging slowly from economic crisis, development aid flows are under heavy pressure. As a result, governments, development agencies, civil society organizations, communities of people living with HIV and AIDS, and other partners need the best evidence and knowledge available to make their development dollars go further in pursuit of better results. The World Bank's Global HIV/AIDS Program and the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID are co-hosting a series of debates on the constantly changing dynamics of HIV/AIDS, and our collective response.

The debate series began in late May at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., with a discussion on what constitutes an effective "HIV test and treat" strategy. Using video conferencing and web-based technologies, country teams in Africa and other partners are able to take part in the Washington-based debate. Typically, four-to-six panelists who are experts in the field participate in the moderated debate, followed by a panel discussion. Each debate attracts about 400 participants in Washington, D.C., and in approximately 20 sites (including World Bank, USAID and US Embassy offices in Africa and the UNAIDS office in Geneva, Switzerland) connected by videoconference technology in more than 16 countries, and on-line via a live webcast.

The following is a schedule of dates and topics:

Upcoming Debates:




Debate Title

Debate proposition


Details of next debate to be announced soon

Past Debates:


Debate Title

Debate proposition

May 19, 2010

WB/USAID co-hosted debate on
"Test and Treat: Can We Treat Our Way Out of the HIV Epidemic?"

Testing and treating approaches should immediately be built into and consume at least 50 percent of HIV prevention resources in Africa

June 29, 2010

WB/USAID co-hosted debate on
"Behavior change for HIV prevention"

Behavior change in generalized epidemics has not reduced new HIV infections and is an unwise use of HIV prevention resources.

August 26, 2010

WB/USAID co-hosted debate on "Discordant Couples and HIV Transmission"

Intra couple HIV transmission between couples in long term stable partnerships drive a majority of HIV transmission and should receive the majority of HIV prevention funding.

October 27, 2010

WB/USAID co-hosted debate on "Concurrent Sexual Partnerships"

Concurrent sexual partnerships have been and remain a key driver of HIV epidemics in southern and eastern Africa, and interventions to this effect should receive the majority of prevention resources

February 14, 2011
9:00-11:00 AM EST

The ethics of material incentives for HIV prevention

Providing material incentives is an ethical and effective tool for HIV prevention and should be implemented

November 10, 2011

DEBATE 6: Treatment as Prevention

Countries should spend a majority of what is likely to be a flat or even declining HIV prevention budget on ‘treatment as prevention’

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Last updated: 2011-11-21

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