At the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) , Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh sat down with Dr. Kevin Fenton to discuss the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new “high-impact prevention” approach to HIV. Dr. Fenton is Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention.
Adopted as part of the CDC’s wide-ranging efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), “high-impact prevention” is designed to bring the best implementation science to the expanding field of HIV prevention. “It’s about selecting the right interventions for the right populations, and implementing them with quality and impact,” said Dr. Fenton.
According to Dr. Fenton, “high-impact prevention” places greater emphasis on effectiveness and outcomes, thereby increasing accountability. Ultimately, the strategy also encourages grantees to begin local conversations about prioritization.
In the interview below, Dr. Fenton also discusses the important opportunity AIDS 2012 offered to highlight HIV-related inequalities, and to initiate a broader conversation about the social determinants of health. With regard to the continued disproportionate impact of HIV on people of color and gay and bisexual men of all races in the U.S., he noted: “We can and we must do better.”
Additional information on the U.S. government’s activities at AIDS 2012 is available at AIDS.gov/aids2012.